What's On?


23rd May

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association
Tale of Two Cities

  26 May - 30 May

A Tale of Two Cities


Charles Dickens’ perennial favourite A Tale of Two Cities is coming to The Watermill Theatre this May.

The classic novel was adapted for stage by Sir John Gielgud and Sir Terence Rattigan in 1935, but was not performed until 2013, and it is this version that Newbury Dramatic Society will be staging at the end of May.

Director Ann Davidson explains why she chose this particular play. “It’s such a stirring story; well-known and well- loved, and full of potential for a wide range of actors.” For this new play, Newbury Dramatic Society will be returning to the familiar stage of The Watermill Theatre.

“It’s an intimate venue which suits the "rustic" scenes perfectly,” says Ann. “It’s always a pleasure to be invited to perform there.”

For ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, guest actors have joined the regular NDS group. This makes for a fresh and vibrant production.

“We have a broad age range of players, and they are all keen to attempt something complex.” says Ann Davidson. “We all have a chance to experience different working styles and approaches.”

A Tale of Two Cities runs from May 27th to May 30th, and tickets can be purchased directly from The Watermill Theatre box office or website.

Kindertransport By Diane Samuels

  29 May - 30 May


By Diane Samuels


In 1938, just before the outbreak of WW2, 9 year old Eva is one of almost 10,000 Jewish children to be sent by their parents on the Kindertransport journey to temporary safety with a Foster family in Britain.

When, as an adult Eva/Evelyn's daughter Faith discovers some letters and photos in the Attic as she herself prepares to leave home, Evelyn is forced to confront the truth about her past.

This is a wonderful play about Mother/Daughter relationships – of partings and reunions, of love, fear pain and humour.

This beautiful play has won many awards, and is on our School's English Literature and Drama Examination Study List. The play has only just been re-released to Amateur’s following a hugely successful National Professional tour.



Continuing this week

Alice Cescatti

  2 May - 13 Jun

Stuart Buchanan & Alice Cescatti New Paintings


Scottish Artist Stuart Buchanan & New Zealand Artist Cescatti interpret the landscape.

Open Studios 2015

  2 May - 25 May

Open Studios 2015


Open Studios for West Berkshire and North Hampshire runs between May 2nd and May 25th with talented artists from around the area opening their studios to show what they create and how they work. Ceramics, Collage, Design, Drawing, Edible Art, Film, Glass, Illustration, Jewellery, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Silk Painting, Textile and Wood are all on show and available for appreciation or purchase from nearby locations.
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The flagship exhibition for Open Studios is INSIGHT 2015, which takes place at New Greenham Arts, Greenham Business Park, and features work from all of the 115 artists taking part in the scheme. This is a unique and free taster of what is on offer in artists' studios. It includes the 17 new artists making their début at this event. Well worth a visit.

New for this year will be an exciting shop front in Parkway showing the locations of the Open Studios as well as a selection of artists.

In addition to the studio openings there will be free Hands-on Workshops, artists in Newbury Market Place, schools and satellite exhibitions at local venues. Full details of the activities, locations and opening times, along with a resume about each artist, are in the full colour Directory of Artists which is available free of charge from The Corn Exchange, Visitor Information Centre, Newbury Central Library, Newbury Town Hall, West Berkshire Council main offices, Waterstones and Craftsman Newbury Ltd. Alternatively all the information is only a click away on the Open Studios website www.open-studios.org.uk.

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council