Nottingham’s Festival of Small Things to expand idea of ‘theatre’

Last Updated on 28 June 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

The Festival of Small Things will extend the idea of theatre with live experiences across Nottingham in July

Festival of Small Things


Leading theatre company New Perspectives is to stage a festival in Nottingham to expand the idea of theatre as “any live experience that unearths a sense of drama”.

Across various locations on 17 and 18 July, The Festival of Small Things takes theatre off stage, and offline, to create moments of living art in homes, schools, streets, market places and parks.

Audiences will experience new work via limited-edition cassette tape, a rag and bone horse and cart, an official town crier, curated sandwich boards, a private magic show under a tree, a poet stationed at a typewriter, a box of polaroids and even a curated natter over a cup of tea.

It includes work by writers and other artists such as Selina Thompson, Mufaro Makubika, Vincent Gambini, Robert MacFarlane, Sophia Hatfield, Daniel Hoffman-Gil, David “Stickman” Higgins, Panya Banjoko, Unanima, Anabel Dover and Ravelle-Sadé Fairman.

New Perspectives’ artistic director, Jack McNamara, said: “The Festival of Small Things stands in joyous defiance of the digital world and its recent attempts to monopolise our lives. It is a celebration of all the many ways we can connect without needing a good signal or broadband.

“A celebration of rare and ancient forms, a gesture that creative communication should be there for all people and places, not guarded by glass doors or passcodes. Each piece of work is a radical creative act in miniature, intended to promote joy but also encourage subversive thinking.

“Putting this programme of work together has been a true dream; provoking brave artists to think differently, to work against the market, to celebrate the unique power of forgotten forms and the beauty of face to face encounters.”

Dating back over 47 years, New Perspectives has toured acclaimed shows such as its adaptation of Gbolohan Obisesan’s The Fishermen but has also extended theatre into other forms such as WhatsApp drama Stay Safe, a series of limited-edition Christmas cards, and postcard drama Love From Cleethorpes which has reached over 2,000 letterboxes in 26 countries.

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Mark Ludmon has been a journalist for over 20 years, specialising in theatre, hospitality and drinks after starting in regional daily newspapers. He has an MA in early modern literature and history, focusing on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and a theatre studies MA from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He is a former panellist for the Olivier Awards. He tweets at @MarkLudmon.