New Era Players
A View from the Bridge, 14th to 16th June and 19th to 23rd June,
By Arthur Miller. The play is about an Italian immigrant family, living and working in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, who over the course of the play make a great job of destroying themselves! Mr Alfieri is the narrator and lawyer who tells the story to the audience from his point of view, bridging the gap between American and 'Tribal' Italian law. The Carbone family, Eddie, his wife Beatrice and her orphaned niece Catherine, are poor but content. They live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Eddie works in the shipyards. When Beatrice's Italian cousins Marco and Rodolpho, illegal immigrants, arrive to stay, the Carbone family's life changes forever. Their loves and loyalties are tested with tragic results. Eddie harbours a secret lust for Catherine which is tested when Catherine and Rodolpho fall in love and decide to get married. He does all he can to dissuade Catherine from marrying Rodolpho. Beatrice has become aware of Eddie's feelings for Catherine and tries, without success, to steer him back to reality. Alfieri, also aware of Eddie's situation, advises him to change his ways. Eddie ignores them and, as a last desperate attempt to stop the marriage, betrays Marco and Rodolpho to the Immigration Police, who arrest them for deportation. His family and neighbours now all hate him for this. The cousins are out on bail and Marco hunts Eddie to settle the score for his betrayal, 'Italian Style'. They fight and Eddie draws a knife which in the scuffle is twisted round and Eddie is then stabbed with his own knife. He dies in Beatrice's arms asking and receiving her forgiveness.
New Era Theatre, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6NU.
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Review of The Glass Menagerie
4th to 24th March 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Playing on the memory
A striking production of Tennessee Williams' first success
New Era Players: The Glass Menagerie, at New Era Theatre, Wash Common, on Thursday, March 15, to Saturday, March 17, and Tuesday, March 20, to Saturday, March 24
This play, set in 1937 and Tennessee Williams' first big success, is the story of Tom Wingfield. who, having got away from the stifling atmosphere of his family, cannot escape the guilt of leaving his mother and abandoning his disabled sister – much like the author's own situation.
His family, like the characters in the play, left the hospitality of the South and moved to a shabby apartment in St Louis. His sister, two years older than him, was unable to face up to life, retreating into a world in which she kept small glass animals.
The storyline follows the mother's attempt to acquire a 'gentleman caller' for her daughter and brother Tom's efforts to help by bringing along work colleague Jim, who he knew at school and admired for his athletic prowess. His description of Jim at the start of Act 2 has undertones of what Oscar Wilde called 'the love that dare not speak its name' (although not as blatant as the speech by Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire about her young, dead husband).
Had Williams lived through a more enlightened age his plays might have been very different. The emphasis in this play, however, is mainly directed at the young man's desire to break away from home and make a life for himself, along with sister Laura's plight and what happens when Jim is invited to the apartment for dinner.
The production began with Ronan Hatfull as Tom, introducing his memories from a fire escape at the side of the main set. He gave a measured performance, bringing out both the intensity and caring side of the character.
Lisa Mounteer-Watson gave a strong interpretation of his mother Amanda, a brash, verbose, but considerate woman, anxious only for the best for her offspring. Her accent, like those of her fellow players, was accurate throughout.
Emily Beck was totally believable as Laura – shy, nervous and retiring, but wanting, deep down, to make contact with somebody.
Patrick Lintin played Jim O'Connor as a confident, rather self-obsessed young man who tries to help Laura with his enthusiasm and vitality
Visually this production was striking; the fine set, the carefully-placed lighting – from day to night, to just candles in the power failure at the end – all helped create a genuine atmosphere. The acting throughout was faultless and the pace of the play moved along slowly and inevitably, as it should. Director Janet Bennett did very well to co-ordinate all the various aspects of this complex play into one, continuous, seamless performance.
About New Era
This small, friendly and very successful theatre group was established in Newbury in 1978, and we are lucky enough to have our own small theatre in Wash Common. (click here for a map). We produce several plays each year covering a wide variety of theatrical styles.
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The Glass Menagerie, 14th to 24th March 2018
A Christmas Carol, 29th November to 9th December 2017. See the review in the archive.
Dear Lupin, 7th to 9th September and 12th to 16th September 2017. See the review in the archive.
The Importance of Being Earnest, 6th to 8th July 2017 at Shaw House Outdoor Theatre, Newbury
Di and Viv and Rose, 15th to 17th June and 20th to 24th June 2017. See the review in the archive.
The Kitchen Sink, 15th to 18th March and 21st to 25th March 2017. See the review in the archive.
Sneaking into the Theatre, 9th to 11th February 2017. See the review in the archive.
Collaborators, 30th November to 3rd December and 6th to 10th December 2016. See the review in the archive.
October Double Bill 2016, 27th to 29th October 2016. See the review in the archive.
The Importance Of Being Earnest, 7th to 10th September and 13th to 17th September 2016. See the review in the archive.
Pride and Prejudice, 30th June to 2nd July 2016. See the review in the archive.
God of Carnage, 8th to 11th June and 14th to 18th June 2016. See the review in the archive.
Gaslight, 9th to 12th March and 14th to 19th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Foxfinder, 2nd to 5th December and 8th to 12th December 2015. See the review in the archive.
Twists in the Tales, 29th to 31st October 2015. See the review in the archive.
Pride and Prejudice, 9th to 12th September and 15th to 19th September 2015
Be My Baby, 11th to 13th June and 16th to 20th June 2015. See the review in the archive.
Travels With My Aunt, 12th to 14th March and 17th to 21st March 2015. See the review in the archive.
Someone Somewhere Smiled, 12th to 14th February 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Memory of Water, 4th to 6th December and 9th to 13th December 2014. See the review in the archive.
An Evening with Valerie Maskell, 16th to 18th October 2014
Oh What a Lovely War, 11th to 20th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3rd to 5th July 2014
Heroes, 12th to 21st June 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Passion, 24th to 28th March 2014 at St John's Church, Newbury. See the review in the archive.
Calendar Girls, 29th November to 7th December 2013. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 12th to 21st September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Our Man In Havana, 13th to 15th June and 18th to 22nd June 2013
Happy Birthday Mr Shakespeare, 25th to 27th April 2013
Quartet, 14th to 16th March and 19th to 23rd March 2013. See the review in the archive.
Absent Friends, November 2012. See the review in the archive.
When We Are Married, September 2012
Sylvia, June 2012
The Actor and the Audience, April 2012
Talking Heads, March 2012
Bouncers, December 2011
People Snogging in Public Places, October 2011
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby: Part Two, September 2011
Disposing of the Body, March 2011
Twelfth Night, December 2010
Amy's View, September2010
Humble Boy, March 2010
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, December 2009
Nicholas Nickelby, September 2009
Present Laughter, March 2009
The Lion in Winter, November 2008
84 Charing Cross Road, September 2008
Hobson's Choice, June 2008
Duet For One, March 2008
Playhouse Creatures, November 2007
Make Way for Lucia, March 2007
The Trojan Women, March 2007
The Philadelphia Story, November 2006
Art, September 2006
A Murder Is Announced, June 2006
The Winslow Boy, March 2006
Arms and the Man, December 2005
Single Spies, September 2005
This Happy Breed, June 2005
The Playboy of the Western World, March 2005
The Miser, November 2004
Shadowlands, September 2004
Solitaire, a set of monologues, June 2004
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, March 2004
The Murder of Maria Martin, or The Red Barn, November 2003
Maskerade, September 2003
Pygmalion, June 2003
Shakers, March 2003
Daisy Pulls it Off, December 2002
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, September 2002
The Red Hot Donahue Sisters Discover Droitwich, June 2002
Next to a Stranger, March 2002
The Fire Raisers, December 2001
Rattle of a Simple Man, September 2001
Suddenly At Home, June 2001
Cider With Rosie, March 2001
A Woman in Mind, December 2000
Charley's Aunt, September 2000
Letter from a General
Night School; Landscape; Victoria Station
Dancing at Lughnasa
The Birthday Party
Arsenic and Old Lace
Under Milk Wood
The Plough & the Stars
Ring Round the Moon
Born in the Gardens
Shadow of a Gunman
The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue
The Real Thing
Le Malade Imaginaire
Juno & the Paycock