New Era Players
The Kitchen Sink, 15th to 18th March and 21st to 25th March
By Tom Wells. This is a contemporary piece set in a run-down northern seaside town which follows the ups and downs of a family during the course of one year. Things aren’t going to plan and each of the well-drawn characters has issues to face and problems to resolve. Amid the dreams and the dramas of family life something has to give! Martin, the father (a milkman), is struggling to keep his business going. Kath, the mother (a school cook and lollypop lady), is desperately trying to keep everyone positive and happy. Billy, the son (an art student), comes to realize that the course he has joined is not for him. Sophie, the feisty daughter (a would-be judo instructor), has an issue from the past which impacts on her ambitions. Finally, Pete (a plumber) is hopelessly sensitive, shy and has desperate romantic designs for Sophie.
Review of Sneaking into the Theatre
9th to 11th February 2017
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
The play's the thing
New Era Players: Sneaking into the Theatre, at the New Era Theatre, Wash Common, from Thursday, February 9, to Saturday, February 11
Theatres are magical places, filled with wonder and brought to life by the actors and directors, together with the technical team who create the set, costumes and lighting, to be enjoyed by the audiences who flock to London West End block busters as well as Newbury's professional theatres – and, of course, the many local amateur dramatic societies.
These dedicated members have a passion to keep theatre alive and thriving within their local communities and this is the theme in Chris Biliingham's highly-enjoyable, funny and poignant play Sneaking into the Theatre.
It is set in a deserted theatre, where we meet six actors who seek refuge in the cradle of the theatre's stage to work through their issues.
Each one has their own story to tell. Louis (Adam Osmond) brings his girlfriend Abby (Pippa Higgins) to the stage. She has to escape from her home and starts to perform various speeches from famous plays while Louis tries to remember his lines from A Midsummer Night's Dream, when he played Bottom. Slowly, we learn about Abby's father and her previous boyfriend.
They are interrupted by the arrival of the insecure, nervous lighting technician Claire, perfectly portrayed by Ellie Selby, who suffers from poor circulation and a tickly cough. You can't help but feel sorry for her situation and lack of confidence.
She is accompanied by Kate (Jenni Collins), who has plans to seduce Claire, but is uncertain about the relationship and "likes things to follow a process".
Gareth Capner is the stalwart theatre manager David, who is grieving over the death of his wife and seeking solace in the theatre where he had happy memories of their productions together.
His daughter Lea (Nicola Johnson) is trying to persuade him to continue in his role but David is reluctant to carry on and the future of the theatre and the society is in doubt without David at the helm.
But how will it all be resolved? To tell any more would be a spoiler.
Confidently directed by Chris Billingham and Verity Walker, they create an intriguing insight into amateur dramatics and cleverly use recorded voiceovers to provide the back story to the members' lives.
But no matter what the trials and tribulations that they encounter, the final lines sum up their dedication to performing, for "the play's the thing".
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.
Sneaking into the Theatre, 9th to 11th February 2017
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