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New Era Players

The New Era web site is at www.neweraplayers.org. Twitter @NewEraPlayers or Facebook.

We are holding a Theatre Open Day on Saturday 20th October, 10:00 – 18:00. A day in the life of New Era Theatre! Come and see our show photography and admire our costumes; take a backstage theatre history tour; find out about set design; and watch or join in with the events on the stage. No admission charge. For further details please visit our web site.

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Where

New Era Theatre, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6NU.

Box office

07919 916009 or email .

Reviews of Second Person Narrative

6th to 8th September and 11th to 15th September 2018

Review from the Newbury Weekly News.

The story of You in 30 scenes

New Era's enterprising cast and director rise to the challenge in an impressive Second Person Narrative

New Era Players: Second Person Narrative, at New Era Theatre, Wash Common, from September 6-8 and 11-15

There has been much discussion in the theatrical press recently about the lack of opportunities for female actors, writers and directors. Some progress in redressing this gender balance is happening with gender-neutral casting and all-female productions.

So it was refreshing to see Jemma Kennedy's Second Person Narrative, which captures fragments of a single character's life and is written specifically for a predominantly female cast.

It is an intriguing play that follows the life of' 'You' in 30 short scenes, from birth, through her childhood and teenage years, into adulthood and finally old age and inevitably death and rebirth.

The role of 'You' is shared by four actors of different ages. Izzy Goldsmith plays 'Child You', discovering childhood and testing the barriers. The petulant and feisty 'Young You', perfectly captured by Ellen Spillane, is filled with teenage angst as she grows up, trying to find her identity and place in society.

Vicky Goldsmith plays the central character 'You' with an honesty and sincerity as she journeys through the trials and tribulations of her family life.

There is a large ensemble (Gareth Croft, Pippa Higgins, Suzanne Hudson, Rachel Potter and Sarah Russell) who play doctors, teachers, friends and the voice of her conscience, ever present and guiding her through life through a series of carefully constructed cameos.

Sally Scrivener brings a sensitive yet defiant performance as the 'Senior You', determined to make the best of her remaining years.

'You' also encounters a few men in her life, strongly played by Neil Dewdney, David Tute and Keith Philips.

The themes of family, work, pressures, love and relationships are all there and it is a story with which the audience will be able to empathise.

There is much to enjoy in this production, lots of humour, particularly in the scene where the cast, as young children, posed for the school photographer and shared their hopes and ambitions for the future.

The simple set makes key use of props which chart You's journey, that are hung on the back wall as a reminder of the stages of her life. Each scene ends in a flash photograph and the period choice of music works very well.

Skilfully and imaginatively directed by Andy Kempe, this challenging and much-enjoyable play was moving and impressive.

ROBIN STRAPP

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 .

Audience Membership

To book tickets for any of our productions, please contact our Box Office on 07919 916009 for more information.

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