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A Fortunate Man

A new theatre project for emerging artists working with Michael Pinchbeck and Julian Hughes

We are working with 13 emerging artists from across the East Midlands to create a new theatre piece inspired by the John Berger book, A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor. In A Fortunate Man writer John Berger and photographer Jean Mohr document the work of John Sassall, an English country doctor. In its 50th anniversary year we want to explore the parallels between the original book and the NHS today. By pairing visual artists (i.e. photographers, painters, filmmakers etc.) with writers/devisers/performers the project sets out to explore the NHS today, spending time in doctor's surgeries. Directed by Michael Pinchbeck with collaborator photographer Julian Hughes, our group of emerging artists will work towards creating an exciting new piece of theatre. The project runs from April to July 2017.
The project is now underway and we are proud to be working with 12 skilled East Midlands Emerging Artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. To follow their progress visit the A Fortunate Man Blog series, where our artists will be detailing each session. 
Applications for next year's Emerging Perspectives company will be accepted from February 2018.
Benefits of the programme include:
*  Working with the East Midlands leading touring theatre company * 

* The opportunity to work with and receive support from professional East Midlands artists *

* A masterclass with a leading industry professional *

* The opportunity to create a produced piece of touring theatre *

Project participants are 18+ and currently either live, work or study in the East Midlands. 

Read an interview with Michael Pinchbeck about the project
Learn more about the 1967 book: A Fortunate Man


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

One of the many things we do is to turn village halls into professional theatre spaces.

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