Over May and June Nottingham city was even more alive than usual with arts and theatre, as it hosted both NEAT’16 and FONT Festival. We thought there was no better time than now to release issue #2 of New Perspectives NPZine! With a theme of ‘Theatre Is…’, we got in touch with as many East Midlands (and beyond) creatives as we could to ask them ‘What is Theatre?’ With the responses we gathered, we created NPZine #2, which can be found around the city now, in arts venues and various Notts haunts.
Our #TheatreIs project doesn’t end on the page however; we have taken to cyberspace to encourage more people to tell us their #TheatreIs. Because Theatre Is For Everyone. If you would like to contribute then you can tweet your #TheatreIs to @NPtheatre, write to us on Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add it to our ever-growing list of illuminating reponses.
… the moment when you start to listen to the couple at the next table.
(Jack McNamara, Artistic Director, New Perspectives)
… the construction of elaborate lies, in real time, that work to tell the truth about who, what, and why we are.
(Inua Ellams, Spoken Word Artist)
… the excitement of learning about ourselves, our world and how to change it for the better!
(Edward Boott, Artistic Director, Nonsuch Theatre)
… an infinity of ‘what ifs?’
(Hilary Spiers, Writer)
… hearing for the first time something that you have routinely witnessed previously …. and vice versa.
(Tim Elgood, Writer)
… a window into a play space.
(Will Drew, Associate Dramaturg, New Perspectives)
… the world and the stage and everything in between.
(Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary)
… a roomful of mostly strangers gathered to play.
(Tassos Stevens, Director, Coney)
… a brief cessation in the rhythms of everyday life wherein one world drops away and another – with all its intricacies of speech and movement – is briefly brought into being.
(Philip Jones, Founder of Words For Walls)
… a direct engagement in other lives, experiences and emotions – making us challenge our perceptions and attitudes in ways that both inspire and move us – it can uplift or shake us to the core.
(Michaela Butter, Director, Attenborough Arts Centre)
… a way to animate our story telling and inspire children and families to read more.
(Peter Gaw, Chief Executive Officer, Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries)
(Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director, Derby Theatre)
… where freedom, and fires, start.
(Henderson Mullins, Chief Executive, Writing East Midlands)
… life – life is theatre, Long live life and long live theatre.
(Sharon Scaniglia, Principal Arts Officer, Nottingham City Council)
… bloody difficult!
(John Harvey, Writer)
… a window and a mirror.
(Amanda Whittington, Writer)
… the inside life of humans acted out on stage so we can hopefully better understand ourselves – our drives, motivations and emotions.
(Rachel McGrath, Deputy Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Community Foundation)
… my teacher, my amusement, my challenger and my solace.
(Barbara Matthews, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester)
… a way of asking in public the questions we don’t know are worrying us.
(François Matarasso, Writer, Researcher, Consultant)
… an A-Z of life. Theatre is an alphabet of emotion. Theatre is a time machine. Time, like space, is pliable in performance and words and actions can rewrite it.
(Michael Pinchbeck, Writer)
… anything you want it to be.
(David Longford, Creative Learning Manager, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Concert Hall)
(Emma Pegg, Set Designer)
… indestructible and always will be.
(Martin Berry, Artistic Director, New Street Theatre)
… at the heart of my world!
(Mark Humphreys, Managing Director, Magna Vitae)
… exciting and challenging experiences, potentially changing your view of the world.
(Gerard Rogers, New Perspectives Trustee, Volunteer Promoter)
… a place where I feel alive, where for the time I’m onstage I forget everything else, all the worries that normally course through my head are distinguished and something electric takes over.
(Hannah Stone, Artistic Director, The Gramophones)
… all about people coming together to think, feel and share, to experience imagined worlds and change the real one into something better.
(Ben Spiller, Artistic Director, 1623 Theatre Company)
… an alchemy which transcends culture, age, language and reason, creating a momentary community, which never forgets.
(Imogen Joyce, Writer)
… a living mirror and a collaborative conversation which tries to suss out what it all means; which fails; which tries again, ad infinitum.
(Ollie Smith, Theatre Maker, LaPelle’s Factory)
… like your first experience of falling in love and heartbreak – all consuming, full of feelings, intimate, private and yet completely public and common.
(Natalie Ibu, Director, Tiata Fahodzi)
… is one of the rare opportunities available to us nowadays when we can stop being customer and provider of services and come together as a community of something more, citizens.
(Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low)
… transportation from the hum-drum of everyday life to be challenged, enchanted or, simply, entertained.
(Susan Rowe, Trustee, New Perspectives Theatre Company)
… lives you may recognise, or have never imagined; theatre draws you into new worlds. It can make you laugh, cry, think, and dream.
(Jennie Jordan, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts, De Montfort University)
… able to connect you closely with others in other times in real time in a different space. Each performance is unique.
(Lady Diana Meale, Labour Councillor for Mansfield West)
… live. Theatre is skill, and embodied energy, and the sharing of ideas both big and small. Theatre is the indrawn breath of anticipation and the shared whoop of applause.
(Dr Jo Robinson, Associate Professor in Drama and Performance, University of Nottingham)
… an adventure for your mind.
(Gordon Fleming, Treasurer, New Perspectives Theatre Company)
… the freedom to escape for a bit.
(Katie Redford, Writer)
… story-telling writ large and can only take shape, to move, amuse, make angry, make sad, as a shared experience.
(Robert Sanderson, Managing Director, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall)
… one of the few things left in this world that brings people together in the same space, to share something with each other.
(Ruby Glaskin, Creative Producer, InGood Company, Derby Theatre)
… the cosiest place to have your brain poked.
(Nic Harvey, Director, The Television Workshop)
… entertaining, thrilling and challenging and, at its best, allows us to walk in other people’s shoes and experience their lives.
(Jane Morgan, Trustee, New Perspectives Theatre Company)
… a performance that can only be seen live and in the flesh and can only work in that environment, not on TV or film.
(Andy Dawson, Manager County Youth Arts, Inspire)
… a way for children to express themselves and explore ideas in a creative way.
(Rachel Grafton, Year 1 Teacher, Westglade Primary School)
… the word that sports commentators reach for when things get really exciting.
(Andy Barrett, Writer)
… putting on a red sparkly thong.
(Martin Miller, Actor)
… a tupperware box full of stories that we’ll never find a matching lid for.
(Jayne Williams, Unanima)
… for the audience, all communities great and small.
(Sally Anne Tye, Executive Director, New Perspectives/Northants Touring Arts)