James and the Giant Peach – 2015/2016.
In 2015 Novus were commissioned by the University of Bedfordshire to create a new Roald Dahl piece for their 2015 Roald Dahl week in Luton. We created James and the Giant Peach, also taking part in workshops with students across the 5 days of performance (promotional trailed from UoB outreach department here). The piece then had public performances at Carnival Arts, Luton and The Place, Bedford.
Jame and the Giant Peach was then recommissioned for a repeat of Roald Dahl week in the summer of 2016. This time it was at the University of Bedfordshire Polhill campus, Bedford.
The Reverse Is Also True (national tour) – 2015
In the autumn of 2015 Novus received Arts Council funding to take The Reverse Is Also True on a small scale national tour (Trailer can be found at this link).
We join 49 year old Eddie Young on the day when he is suddenly confronted by his own 18 year old self on his own doorstep. Is he going mad? Is it some kind of cosmic joke? And how is he going to explain it all to his wife, Sarah?
The piece was developed by Novus with support from Cambridge Junction and Colchester Arts Centre.
Tour Dates: Norwich Arts Centre – November 3rd Colchester Arts Centre – November 4th The Place, Bedford – November 10th Square Chapel, Halifax – November 13th The Courtyard, Hoxton (London) – November 20th/21st
Fantastic Mr Fox 2014/15
In December 2014 Novus produced their next Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox. This piece played to more than 2000 people across one week, including local schools. Novus also worked with multiple libraries and other locations to promote the event.
The piece was then recommissioned by The Level Trust, as part of their 2015 summer programme of events.
Bed Pop Arts Centre – 2014
Across the summer of 2014, Novus created the Bed Pop Arts Centre based on Bedford High Street. The piece hosted multiple pieces, including the companies first Arts Council Funded piece, The Reverse Is Also True R&D (Clip found here) along with other new writing work, spoken word and multiple other events.
The Twits – 2013
In December 2013, Novus produced their first family show. ‘The Twits’ took place at the Sharnbrook Mill theatre and played to over 800 people in three days. It was also the first educational project that Novus had undertaken with the company working with local schools across the week.
Trainspotting – 2013
In July 2013, Novus took on the Irvine Welsh classic ‘Trainspotting’ combining physical theatre and contemporary techniques to bring the underworld of Edinburgh to life.
The New Write Nights – 2012
In November 2012, Novus produced their first show, bringing together artists from across the country for The New Write Nights. The event, showcasing some of the best new theatre and spoken word the country has to offer, brought together over 35 performers in 5 nights at The Place Theatre in Bedford.