New Era Players
Di and Viv and Rose, 15th to 17th June and 20th to 24th June
Di and Viv and Rose was written in 2011 by Amelia Bullmore and tells the story of three women who meet at University in 1983.They are very different characters but form lasting friendships. We follow their interactions and their lives over the next 30 years in a series of scenes which highlight their highs and lows, their triumphs and tragedies and explores the impact of their friendship on their lives and of their lives on their friendship. The play runs the full gamut of emotions with moments of sheer comedy as well as pathos.
The Importance of Being Earnest, 6th to 8th July at Shaw House Outdoor Theatre, Newbury
Oscar Wilde's trivial comedy written for serious people.
Review of The Kitchen Sink
15th to 18th March and 21st to 25th March 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Dreams, drama and dirty dishes at New Era
New Era Players: The Kitchen Sink, at New Era Theatre, Wash Common, from Wednesday, March 15, to Saturday, March 25
Very popular in the 1950s and 60s, kitchen sink dramas were the new wave in theatre and usually featured an angry young man. This play, set in a Yorkshire seaside resort, didn't have one but it did feature an angry young daughter.
Emily Beck caught the mood and character of Sophie extremely well and was totally believable as a girl who loses her chance to win a black belt and teach ju-jitsu by punching the examiner on the nose for describing her as 'feisty'. There was a well-observed performance by Alexander Greenwood-Forkin as the young son, shuffling along in teenaged angst, hoping to get into art college with his lurid painting of Dolly Parton wearing a see-through top and with large and very prominent nipples on view.
Suzanne Hudson did well as Kath, the put-upon mother who encourages everybody, even though her own life is lacking. As a school cook and lollypop lady, she is the main breadwinner in the family. Keith Phillips was a suitably downtrodden dad who cannot see that his milk round is no longer viable in a world of huge supermarkets and big plastic bottles of cheap milk. Then there was Pete, a tongue-tied young man who wants to be a plumber and would have liked to court Sophie if he hadn't been so lacking in words. Patrick Lintin gave a strong, believable performance in this part, his best line being that he wanted to 'take my love of drains to the next level'. There was also convincing acting from the not so inanimate kitchen sink, where the taps and pipes kept spurting water when they shouldn't and failing to do so when they should.
The family is obviously falling apart and although there are lots of laughs – particularly when Pete introduces humour with tales of his hip hop-loving, pot-smoking granny – the drama is there between the lines, lacing the comedy effectively. It all made for very good comedy with serious undertones, very well acted and smoothly and unobtrusively directed by twin directors Richard Colley and David Zeke. Lighting and sound effects were also worthy of note, thanks to John Cordery and Crispin Bishop.
A very good production all round. So, not so much a look back in anger as the loneliness of the long distance dysfunctional family, steadfastly mulling over their individual and collective inadequacies.
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.
New Players Acting Membership
Share the experience of performing on stage; join the challenge of set-building or the creativity of costume design; enjoy the teamwork in whatever direction your talents take you. You could be an active participant in our future productions, or join us for play readings, workshops, theatre outings and a variety of social events. Whether you are experienced or just have bags of enthusiasm, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
If you are interested in becoming an acting member please email our membership coordinator at the address .
To book tickets for any of our productions, please contact our Box Office on 07919 916009 for more information.
The Kitchen Sink, 15th to 18th March and 21st to 25th March 2017
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