New Perspectives take award-winning play back to its rural roots
September 2017 sees New Perspectives present the first national rural tour of Richard Bean's epic family saga Harvest.
From the writer of the international hit One Man, Two Guvnors, this darkly entertaining comedy tells the story of one rural family's survival in a changing agricultural landscape in a blend of serious social history and boisterous rural drama.
For the first time in the award-winning play's history, first performed at the Royal Court in September 2005,with a subsequent production at Hull Truck in 2007, this new production of Harvestwill be performed by a cast of six at rural venues in villages across the country and signals the company's biggest rural tour New Perspectives has presented since The Hired Man in 2008/2009.
Harvest is a sweeping rural saga which spans the 20th century following the Harrison family from the turn of the century when two brothers unwittingly win a wager to become owners of the 82 acre Kilham Wold Farm. This darkly entertaining comedy tells the story of one rural family's survival in a changing agricultural landscape
Heading the cast will be newcomer and recent RADA graduate Tom Edward-Kane, fresh from filming with Mike Leigh on his new filmPeterloo. The cast also includes John Askew as Lord Agar and Elizabeth Twells as Laura, both actors returning to the company following performances in the New Perspectives/Nottingham Playhouse co-production of John Harvey's Darkness Darkness. They are joined by Thomas Cotran as Albert, Zoe Iqbal as Maude and Matthew Brown as Stefan to complete the ensemble.
The production is directed by New Perspectives' Artistic Director Jack McNamara, designed by award-winning designer Amy Jane Cook, with lighting by Alexandra Staffordand sound by James Atherton.
Jack McNamara said: "We really wanted to go against this and invest in giving rural audiences a really meaty ensemble drama. It's a bigger cast than usual but also a huge narrative that spans 100 years of family history. It's very exciting to take this play about the rural world far from its Royal Court origins back into the kinds of communities that first inspired it."
The tour opens at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September to coincide with the Harvest Equinox, followed by a widespread tour including venues in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Warwickshire, Surrey and Northumberland through to Saturday 11 November.
Fri 22 & Sat 23 Sept - Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottinghamshire - 7.30pm
Thurs 28 Sept - Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Fri 29 Sept - Thrumpton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire - 7.30pm
Sat 30 Sept - Waingroves Community Centre, Derbyshire - 7.30pm
Sun 1 Oct - Caistor Town Hall, Linconshire - 7.30pm
Thu 5 Oct - Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire - 7.30pm
Fri 6 Oct - Hurley Village Hall, Warwickshire - 7.30pm
Sat 7 Oct - Kegworth Village Hall, Nottinghamshamshire - 7.30pm
Sun 8 Oct - Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Derbyshire - 7.30pm
Tue 10 - Sat 14 Oct - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Surrey - Tues - Thurs 7.45pm; Fri & Sat 8pm; mats Thurs & Sat 2.30pm
Wed 25 Oct - Geddington Village Hall, Northamptonshire - 7.30pm
Fri 27 Oct - Ecton Village Hall, Northamptonshire - 7.30pm
Sat 28 Oct - Mumford Theatre, Cambridge - 7.30pm
Sun 29 Oct - Highbank Community Centre, Clifton, Nottinghamshire - 3pm
Tue 31 Oct - St Peter's Church, Malvern, Worcestershire - 7.30pm
Thu 2 Nov - Fulstow Village Hall, Lincolnshire - 7.30pm
Fri 3 Nov - Rutland County Museum, Oakham, Rutland - 7.30pm
Sat 4 Nov - Enderby Civic Centre, Leicestershire - 7.30pm
Sun 5 Nov - Tutbury Village Hall - 7.30pm
Wed 8 Nov - The Old Fire Station, Carlisle - 7.30pm
Thu 9 Nov - Skirwith Village Hall, Cumbria - 7.30pm
Fri 10 Nov - UTAS, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham - 7pm
Sat 11 Nov - Wingates Village Institute, Northumberland - 7.30pm