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A new audio project for Emerging Writers

This new training project offers up to five early career writers from the East Midlands the opportunity to write a ten minute dramatic work, set in a location of their choosing. Each will create a finished piece in either monologue or dialogue form (for up to 6 voices), professionally recorded to be experienced by audiences via headphones as a ten minute audio walk of a location, but can equally be enjoyed listening online - either on the move or from the comfort of an armchair!

The project is now under way and we are pleased to welcome writers:  JFW Nutt, Leanne Moden, & Lucy Colgan (Nottingham), Jo Woolaston (Leicester) and Susie Hennessy (Lincoln). We are also pleased to be working with Sound Designer Adam McCready, who will be creating the audio pieces.

You can follow the progress of the writers on our Haunts blog series.

Each writer is working with New Perspectives over a four month period to identify and develop their piece. The purpose of the project is to enable emerging writers to deepen their sense of place and character, writing for an audio format. The final pieces will be showcased and downloadable from the New Perspectives website. 

HAUNT =  a place frequently visited

Haunts will be run over the next three years, and applications for next year's programme will be open to East Midlands writers in February 2018.

The HAUNTS project is inspired by the visionary playwright David Rudkin's Placeprints: an epic cycle of ten audio plays set in locations across the UK. As part of the programme, writers have the unique opportunity to receive a one-to-one mentoring session with David Rudkin to develop their work in a project supported by dramaturg William Drew.  Regular sessions take place from March-July 2017, on alternate Saturdays.

Benefits of taking part include: 
• workshops and feedback on your work
• a tailored interactive storytelling masterclass with a leading industry professional
• a one-to-one mentoring session with writer David Rudkin
• a professionally produced audio recording of your piece experienced as an audio walk and showcased on our website
Ours aims for the project:
• to attract interest from a wide-ranging mix of emerging writers from across the region to take part
• to build an audio collection of haunts across the East Midlands, places you like to visit or feel passionate to share stories about
• to award a place to five emerging writers across the six East Midlands counties

All participating writers are aged 18+ and live, work or study in the East Midlands.


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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