New Era Players
Second Person Narrative, 6th to 8th September and 11th to 15th September
New Era Players’ next production is about You. Written by Jemma Kennedy, Second Person Narrative presents a montage of short scenes which capture fragments of a woman’s life, starting from her birth and ending in her… ‘re-assignment?’ Known simply as You, we see her make friends, develop aspirations, learn about relationships, win awards, buy clothes, make mistakes, discover herself, have some laughs, endure some pain. She is as extraordinary a woman as every ordinary woman. With a witty soundtrack and imaginative set, Second Person Narrative isn’t just about You, it is a play for you.
New Era Theatre, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6NU.
07919 916009 or email .
Reviews of A View From The Bridge
14th to 16th June and 19th to 23rd June 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Slick Miller at New Era
Well-played masterpiece on the destructive power of love
New Era Players: A View From The Bridge, at New Era Theatre, Wash Common
Arthur Miller plays often explore the tragic consequences of people's actions and man's inability to accept change, and A View from the Bridge, like All My Sons and Death of a Salesman, follows in that vein.
Set in 1950s Brooklyn, the play chronicles the descent of Eddie Carbone into jealousy and betrayal. Eddie lives in a small tenement flat by the docks with his wife Beatrice and niece Catherine. He's a good guy, gets on with his neighbours and enjoys a quiet home life. But, when two of Beatrice's Italian cousins arrive as illegal immigrants and Catherine forms an attachment to one of them, it is the beginning of Eddie's downfall.
He is obsessed with his niece and can't bear the thought of her leaving home or falling in love. As his jealousy grows, so does his sense of reason and when he reports the two boys to the authorities, Eddie is shunned by his wife and neighbours and pays the ultimate price.
New Era Players' production of this brooding masterpiece was a slick, well-executed piece of theatre. The play is held together by a narrator - the lawyer Alfieri, consummately portrayed by David Zeke - whose quiet, yet world-weary telling of events conveys the inevitability of what is to come.
As Eddie, Andy Kempe is a larger-than-life presence, both literally and figuratively. His love for his niece becomes more obvious with every flicker of his eyes as she blossoms into a young woman.
Verity Walker as Catherine confidently conveys the awakening of a child who trusts and loves her uncle into a young woman who needs to escape, and Jackie Fripp, as Eddie's wife Beatrice, has just the right amount of edginess coupled with the solid loyalty to her husband, even though she knows he is wrong.
Marco (Alexander Greenwood-Forkin) and Rodolpho (Stan Dooley) are the hot-headed Italians who unwittingly play a part in Eddie's tragic downfall and both actors establish their characters and, in particular, Marco's sense of pride and honour as the drama unfolds.
The lighting (John Cordery and Crispin Bishop) was just the right side of brooding during Alfieri's cautionary narrative links before taking us into the simple but effective set - the brightly-lit interior of the Carbone's tenement apartment. There was fine attention to detail both in the set and the costumes (Maddy Winter and Julia Calvert), which were all spot-on.
One of the dangers of putting on a very strongly American production like this is maintaining the accents, but the principals all held their own and the production moved on at a good pace, eliciting both laughs and empathy when required. Director Roger Follows showed an assured touch all leading up to the final tragic tableau, as the audience enthusiastically applauded a very accomplished production.
And to the lady who remarked to me at the end 'You'd better give it a good write-up' - I hope this is good enough for you, and deservedly so, because it was a story well told and a fine piece of theatre from the New Era Players.
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.
A View from the Bridge, 14th to 16th June and 19th to 23rd June 2018
The Glass Menagerie, 14th to 24th March 2018. See the review in the archive.
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