Jack McNamara is a writer, director and deviser working principally in live performance, but also across a range of audio, visual, online and analogue media. His work is international in scope, blurring the boundaries between art forms and cultures. He is devoted to exploring marginal places and pushing the possibilities of where theatre today can take place.
He is Artistic Director of New Perspectives
; an award-winning touring company based in Nottingham, and with them has toured major works and premieres by international artists including Aki Kaurismaki, John Berger, Athol Fugard and debbie tucker green to name a few. His work has toured every corner of the country from major theatres to village halls, as well as festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. Recent innovative work for rural audiences includes creating the UK’s first postcard drama (Love From Cleethorpes), a live zoom production based on a Lars Von Trier film (The Boss of it All), an acclaimed podcast series by David Rudkin (PlacePrints) and a WhatsApp play (#StaySafe) for the Signal Fires festival.
Jack has a reputation for finding dramatic forms for literary works by major international authors, including Don DeLillo, John Harvey, Chigozie Obioma, Janet Frame, Sayaka Murata and Alan Moore among others. His acclaimed production of the Nigerian novel The Fishermen won a Stage Award for Outstanding Performances and a Black British Theatre Award. His work with the radical Belgian artist Thibault Delferiere won a MESS award at BE Festival and his online production of The Boss of it All won an On Comm award at the Offies in 2020.J.A.Baker’s The Peregrine is the masterpiece of nature writing and the starting point for Jack's brand new work commissioned for Estuary 2021 - an on-site immersive experience called Tremor at the Edge of Vision: a site-specific walking exploration of The Peregrine. Read more here.
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Portrait by Emanuele Costantini