Joe Doherty as Jamie in Wasteland

 Interesting interview with New Perspectives actor Joe Doherty …

Joe’s own background is extraordinary enough to make a play in itself. After leaving Christ the King School in Arnold, he was employed as a freelance youth and play worker for Nottingham City Council. Two years ago, he heard a Nottingham-based film was seeking extras and went down to the castings. The film turned out to be Summer with Robert Carlyle and Joe was plucked from obscurity to play one of the leads.

Read the full interview at Nottingham Evening Post


Audience Response!!!

Although the new writing we commission often sets out to probe the human stories behind headlines that have inflamed the nation’s passions and prejudices, we certainly don’t go out of our way to make theatre that divides audiences – after all, there’s nothing quite like unanimous acclaim – but when a new play elicits the kind of polarised responses that Wasteland has generated, you know you’re onto something …

Read Alan Geary’s decidedly lukewarm review of the play and the scathing retort of one of our Lakeside  audience members at Nottingham Evening Post



Karl Haynes as Clayton in Wasteland

Interesting interview with New Perspectives actor Karl Haynes …  

KARL Haynes’ voice does not instantly suggest “scum of the earth”. In fact, it’s quite a nice voice – warm, commanding with a trace of northern. So quite why he keeps getting cast as skinhead ne’er-do-wells with crack cocaine habits is a bit baffling. “Ah – I’m doing my posh telephone voice now!” explains the 37-year-old West Hallam man.

Read the full interview at Notingham Evening Post


Great feedback from Derby Evening Telegraph website …

A hard-hitting, brutally raw and gripping performance is an understatement.  Wasteland is nothing short of stunning, and it was a privilege to have such quality of theatre premiered in Derby.  Laura Lomas has captured the life and attitudes of the streets with a severe and frightening accuracy, and rolled them up into an hour of sheer intensity.  Heart-stopping performances from every one of the cast makes this is a must-see.  I can’t recommend it enough.

Read the full article (including the bit about bananas!) at Derby Evening Telegraph


Fascinating interview on the Nottingham Evening Post website …

A former University of Nottingham student has written a play inspired by the Tony Martin case – the Norfolk loner who was jailed for more than three years after he killed a teenage burglar from Newark, Fred Barras.  JENNIFER SCOTT asks Laura Lomas why she ventured into such controversial territory for her first full-length play – due to be performed at the Lakeside Arts Centre on May 22 – and just where her own sympathies lie. Continue reading