The Fishermen

New Perspectives


New Perspectives is a touring theatre company based in Nottingham. It makes ambitious theatre, encompassing new writing, adaptations and revivals. The company presents work in community settings as well as traditional venues, has a speciality in rural touring and provides training opportunities for local talent. Artistic Director Jack McNamara has directed work on a wide range of scales across the country. He was previously Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Fishermen is an adaptation of Chigozie Obiama’s Booker Prize nominated novel. New Perspectives pares the narrative down to a charged encounter between two brothers. An enchanted African river is depicted through a snaking line of vertical metal poles. A family tragedy is embodied by the two young brothers left to tell the tale. The result is a shape-shifting, physical production with impressive, dynamic performances. The piece explores how we use performance to make sense of trauma and how violence is perpetuated through families.

The Fishermen is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

"A supreme piece of theatre" The Stage

"Something very special" The Guardian

Production details

  • Writer

    Chigozie Obioma, adapted for the stage by Gbolahan Obisesan
  • Director

    Jack McNamara
  • Designer

    Amelia Jane Hankin
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

    4 (5 to include wraparound work)
  • Freight


    Details available on request

  • Touring Availability

    From 2020
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    6m x 6m x 3m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:


In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Studio 1, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH
  • Production dates

    19–24 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    70 MINS
  • Audience capacity




A creative response to The Fishermen: a two-hour, guided creative writing workshop culminating in a performed shared response.

Through the workshop, each participant will produce a piece of creative writing considering global, community and personal stories – exploring the myths and truths of communities. At the end of the workshop, participants will sit in a circle and perform a response as a result of the work they have produced.

The workshop directly relates to themes and creative approach of The Fishermen and participants can take part in the workshop before or after seeing a performance.

Additional productions

The Man Without A Past by Aki Kaurismäki, adapted for stage by Jack McNamara. Following on from the success of Lars Von Trier's The Boss of it All ("Terrific!" The Guardian), Jack McNamara cleverly adapts this Cannes Grand Prix Award-winning film comedy by one of Finland's greatest modern storytellers.

For 3-7 years and family audiences:
The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, adapted for the stage by Jack McNamara. A New Perspectives co-production with the Unicorn Theatre that brings to the stage this brilliantly subversive picture book which finds joy and friendship in the darkest and most unusual of places.

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway, adapted for the stage by Jack McNamara, with music by James Atherton. Enjoyed by 10,999 children and family audiences nationwide, described by The Stage as an "engaging and interactive production that makes for the best kind of children's theatre".