New Perspectives is taking two new works to this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nottingham playwright Jane Upton's new one-woman show, Finding Nana, will get its world premiere and is up for a Fringe First award, produced in association with Lincolnshire One Venues.
Jane Upton, a George Devine Award-winner, has written Finding Nana to remember the halcyon summers of her youth during which she and her Nana would share the same room in the same hotel in the same Isle of Wight seaside resort for the same two weeks every year. That was until Nana started to lose her memory.
Flitting between the past and present and childhood and old age, Finding Nana, an autobiographical play, charts the journey back to find a beloved Nana who died in 2011 with dementia. This new production is directed by Katie Posner.
Jane Upton says: "Finding Nana has been in the making for a while and so I'm over the moon that it will get its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe. This play has a piece of my heart in it. It's a tale of love and loss and what it means to live and think, and the crippling fear of forgetting. It's a tribute to that specific and amazing relationship you can only really share with a beloved grandparent. I'm so happy and grateful to share our story to which I'm sure so many people will relate."
New Perspectives is also taking its adaptation of Derbyshire born John Vernon's Lord's classic children's picture book, The Giant Jam Sandwich.
Having been endlessly translated and adapted for radio, television and large scale orchestra, it had not been adapted for the stage until earlier this year. This new stage adaptation, by New Perspectives' Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, toured venues in England earlier this year following its premiere in association with Derby Live at the Derby Guildhall back in February.
The original book, which turns 45 this year, continues to sell millions of copies around the world. Readers of all ages have been enthralled by its timeless tale of a village community's inventive plan to trap a swarm of wasps in an enormous sandwich. Bursting with humour for adults and children alike, the production evokes the vivid brilliance of the original illustrations whilst expanding the story with original songs by James Atherton and a host of new characters.
New Perspectives' Artistic Director, Jack McNamara, says: "When we saw the excited reactions of children and parents to this production on tour we knew we had to bring it to Edinburgh. It has a festival energy about it and seems to really mean something to people of very different ages. The works we are taking to Edinburgh highlight the very best of what we offer; quality small-scale theatre which is rooted in local communities and for audiences of all ages."
As the East Midlands-based national touring theatre company which specialises in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences, we focus on new writing, adaptations and revivals are presented in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We also provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging artists and manages the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts.
FINDING NANA by Jane Upton, directed by Katie Posner. Pleasance Beside: 2 - 28 August 2017 at 3.30pm daily (no performance on Mon 14 Aug).
THE GIANT JAM SANDWICH by John Vernon Lord & Janet Burroway. Adapted by Jack McNamara. Pleasance Above: 2 - 28 AUGUST 2017 at 10.20am daily (no performance on Mon 14 Aug).