Newbury theatre guide
Find out about theatre events coming up in and around Newbury and West Berkshire, reaching out to Oxford, Basingstoke and Reading. This site is updated very frequently - see What's new below.
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News and special events
Drama Festival time again. The Henley Drama Festival is from 2nd to 7th May, the ODN Drama Festival in Abingdon is from 6th to 10th June (adjudicator Ben Humphrey) and the Wallingford Drama Festival is from 13th to 17th June (adjudicator Colin Dolley).
Berzerk Productions have started drama classes at Compton Village Hall every Tuesday evening for young people between 6 and 18 years.
Proteus Theatre started their nationwide tour of Becoming Hattie
on 3rd March. Thoughtful, funny, warm and nostalgic, this is an affectionate
look at the life and career of a remarkable woman, Hattie Jacques, and a
witty, caustic look at modern life in show business and its cultural
attitudes toward larger women. They return to Proteus Creation Space,
Basingstoke from 27th to 28th June.
"a delightful, moving homage to the late Hattie Jacques... a funny, witty and poignant production" - NWN.
Is pretending to like Beckett an example of The Emperor's New Clothes? See why Daniel Finkelstein of The Times described Happy Days as an "incomprehensible load of old gibberish" here.
Feeling guilty because you don't like (or can't understand) Antigone or Medea? Don't be - read Catherine Nixey's article.
The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe has a stock of over 5,000 costume and prop items available for hire to drama groups, schools and colleges. They have costumes from almost every period, from Ancient Rome, through Elizabethan to Georgian. They also have a good range for the Victorian/Edwardian eras, and for the 1920s-1950s, with a large choice of WW2 allied uniforms. They're happy to discuss your needs with you and to see how they can help you to stage a visually striking play without having to break your budget. www.oxondramawardrobe.co.uk
There's an interesting article by the Watermill's Tei Williams about the process in staging a Watermill production, from choosing the play through to the opening night. It's here.
If you're under 25, you can get Watermill tickets for £10 from the box office. This is for performances from Monday to Thursday. You can also get Student Standby tickets on the day for £3.
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|25 Apr||Details of the Offbeat festival in Oxford at the Old Fire Station and BT Studio between 20th and 26th June.|
|25 Apr||Summer workshops for young people are booking now in Newbury and Oxford, with the Watermill, the Corn Exchange and Creation Theatre Company.|
|21 Apr||Review of the Watermill's One Million Tiny Plays About Britain ("don't miss the chance to see this extraordinarily perceptive look at the folk who inhabit Great Britain... unusual, compelling, alternately funny and moving, but always entertaining" - NWN).|
|21 Apr||Review of Watermill Senior Youth Theatre's The Railway Children ("an entirely enjoyable and memorable evening" - NWN).|
|21 Apr||Review of Newbury Musical Theatre's Wizard of Oz ("inspired... NMTS demonstrated the considerable talent within their ranks" - NWN).|
|12 Apr||Russell Players' production from 20th to 22nd May in Swallowfield is The House of Bernada Alba.|
|8 Apr||An Evening with John Wesley is being staged at Newbury Methodist Church on 23rd April.|
|8 Apr||Goring Gap Players' next production from 20th to 23rd April is Arsenic and Old Lace.|
|6 Apr||Review of Newbury YoungStars' Fame Jr ("a fun, entertaining evening" - NWN).|
|6 Apr||Sinodun Players' production from 18th to 21st May is Bazaar and Rummage, Sue Townsend's adult black comedy.|
|26 Mar||WLOS's next production is Bad Girls - The Musical from 15th to 18th June in Henley.|
|26 Mar||Didcot Phoenix Drama Group's next production is Graham Linehan's The Ladykillers from 15th to 16th July.|
Theatron Novum are at Oxford Playhouse from 4th to 7th May with The Fairy Queen. Magical mischief, sublime music and midsummer madness collide in Henry Purcell’s playful reworking of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With an all-singing, all-dancing cast of students from the University of Oxford, you’ve never seen or heard Shakespeare like this.
Boundary Players' next production is The Vicar of Dibley from 4th to 7th May. Their reactions of Dibley Parish Council are varied when it turns out that their new vicar is a female! Join Geraldine and Alice, David and Hugo, along with Frank, Jim, Owen and of course Mrs Cropley in this stage adaption of the TV series.
TADS is going on tour - TADS will be performing Amdram is Murder by Karen Ince at Theale Village Hall on Saturday 14th May at 20:00. This is a Murder Mystery evening with Supper and Bar. It's sure to be popular and spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The next production from Faringdon Dramatic Society is Eric Chappell's Side Effects from 18th to 21st May. Frank Cook has been booked into a private nursing home for a week's respite. Whilst there, he encounters Paul Latimer, whose odd behaviour is beginning to alarm his wife, Sarah. Perhaps he's just suffering from the side effects of his medication!
Sinodun Players’ production from 18th to 21st May is Bazaar and Rummage, Sue Townsend's adult black comedy. It features a group of agoraphobic women who decide to hold a jumble sale in a bid to help them break out from their insular world. But as the day progresses, nerves, neuroses and hidden secrets reveal they all have other demons which contribute to their problems.
Russell Players' production from 20th to 22nd May is The House of Bernada Alba. Bernarda Alba is orthodox, overbearing, and single minded, with complete control over her five adult daughters. When the eldest attracts a suitor, tensions rise as all the daughters dream of escaping but the one thing that can save them from their mother’s rule is a man.
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