New Era Players
The Glass Menagerie, 14th to 24th March
By Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie starts off as Tom, the main character, recalls his memory of living in a tiny run-down apartment with his sister Laura and his overbearing mother Amanda, years after they were abandoned by their alcoholic father. The family is struggling to get by and is living off of Tom's wages from working at a shoe factory. Tom's memory of his mother is mainly of her dominating his life, and we watch him become overwhelmed by her constant demands on his everyday activities. Their mother Amanda is constantly reminiscing on her past as a debutante, when she was courted by all kinds of fine Southern gentlemen. Amanda's recurrent nostalgia for better times puts pressure on both of her children to somehow make a better living for the family.
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Review of A Christmas Carol
29th November to 9th December 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Seasonal tale well told
New Era Players deliver Dickens' timely Christmas message
New Era Players: A Christmas Carol, at New Era Theatre, Wash Common, from November 29 to Saturday, December 2 and December 5 to 9
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is the quintessential seasonal story. In this version adapted by John Mortimer, New Era Players have entered into the spirit of Victorian England with gusto and strong ensemble playing.
Stephen Bennett is truly impressive as the old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates everything to do with Christmas and refuses to donate money to help the poor and needy. He perfectly captures Scrooge's character.
He is also reluctant to give his underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit (Neil Dewdney) Christmas Day off, lamenting the fact that he will need to pay him.
As Scrooge trudges his way home to his meagre abode, he is visited by his dead partner of some seven years, Marley (Brian Harrington), festooned in chains, who warns him that he has one chance to change his ways or he will face a similar fate. He will be visited by three spirits and must heed their message.
Janet Bennett is splendid as the ghost of Christmas Past, who takes Scrooge on a journey back to his childhood – a time of innocence, but unhappy schooldays.
We meet the ebullient Mr Fezziwig (Narayan Hendrickx) and his jolly wife, delightfully played by Marian Hatfull, and a young Ebenezer (Paddy Lintin), together with apprentice Peter (Ronan Hatfull), at a Christmas party, which is energetically performed and great fun with dancing, carols and games.
Andy Kempe creates a jovial Christmas Present, guiding Scrooge through the streets of London and visiting Cratchit's family as they celebrate the Christmas meal. Rose Spillane sings well as the ill Tiny Tim, who the Spirit tells Scrooge will die unless events can be changed.
Finally, the menacing Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come brings the horrific consequences of Scrooge's life, showing him his lonely death. When Scrooge wakes up the following morning, he is a reformed man, having seen the errors of his ways.
He sends a huge turkey to the Cratchits and gives him a pay rise, makes an anonymous large gift to the poor and accepts his nephew Fred's (David Tute) invitation to Christmas dinner.
There is so much to enjoy in director Lisa Harrington's touching and assured production, from the ensemble story-telling to the splendid costumes (Maddy Winter).
All 27 members of the company (too many to name) are to be congratulated on creating such an enjoyable and vibrant production.
A perfect start to the Christmas season.
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 Christmas Carol, 29th November to 9th December 2017
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