Natura Contemporary Theatre

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS   

 

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Emma Part II

 

        by Caroline Summerfield

 

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What really happened when Jane Austen visited Cheltenham in May 1816? In this sparklingly witty and intelligent new comedy the truth is revealed. Emboldened by the success of her latest novel Jane conjures-up her literary muse Emma Woodhouse to help her write her next novel The Cheltonians – in which surely nothing can go wrong? However when Emma’s friend Eloisa Fairweather arrives the temptation to start matchmaking again proves irresistible. Delicious complications follow, as love letters go astray, French émigrés arrive and Emma finds herself the attention of a young army officer. A timeless comment on marriage, morals and love.

I would highly recommend that fans of the author make the trip to see this play  when it comes to The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.’

(Review by Kattie Preedy for Glos Info Online Magazine)

TOUR DATES 

Anthology Extended Literary Festival Cheltenham March 2019: SOLD OUT

Museum in The Park Stroud (7th Stroud Theatre Festival) September 2019 

Cheltenham Everyman Theatre 6th -8th February 2020 : SOLD OUT

Churchill Theatre Bromley 7th March 2020 Matinee 2.30 pm & Evening 7.45 pm

Bath Jane Austen Festival 2020 – The Mission Theatre Bath 16th September 2020  Evening  7.30 pm . Check Festival Website for when tickets are released: http://www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk/2020-festival/ CANCELLED DUE TO COVID -19

Bath Jane Austen Festival 2021 – We are pleased to report that the production will be rescheduled for the 2021 Festival. Further details to follow. 

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2020 CHRISTMAS SHOW

MYSELF AND OTHER PARTS

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Caroline Summerfield

We are delighted to announce that Natura Contemporary Theatre have been invited to be the Christmas Show for Evesham’s Festival of Words in December 2020 with a production of Myself And Other Parts . This much performed one- man Christmas play, by playwright Caroline Summerfield, has over the years delighted many audiences in both London and Cheltenham and we are thrilled to be part of this well-regarded Festival. For more details about this play, please refer to our past productions below.

7pm Friday 11th December 2020 Friends Meeting House Cowl Street Evesham WR11 4PN (Tickets available from the Festival’s Website) 

 

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WHO WE ARE?

NATURA CONTEMPORARY THEATRE is the theatre producing arm of the Writers’ and Directors’ Workshop .  We are based in North Gloucestershire and produce professional productions only. Natura Contemporary  are dedicated to producing high quality contemporary theatre in town and country locations. We work with both professional actors and semi-professional actors and musicians. Visit the link to see the professional actors we work with.

WHAT IS OUR HISTORY?

Founded in 2017, Natura Contemporary  Theatre’s artistic director and resident playwright is Caroline Summerfield. We held our first meeting and workshop for writers and actors to showcase work at Parmoor House Cheltenham.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

To bring plays which celebrate new writing and professionalism in the theatre to audiences in the South West, the Midlands and the South East.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR?

If you are a professional or semi-professional actor and would like to be considered for casting for future productions please do contact us at: casummerfield@btinternet.com We are particularly interested in hearing from experienced BAME actors.

 

OUR TEAM

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Artistic Director/Resident Playwright – Caroline Summerfield originally trained as a lawyer, studied at RADA and University of Birmingham. With many produced plays, her West End debut play was Chasing Ibsen.  For her detailed biography please refer to the separate link on this website.

 

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Assistant Artistic Director – Amy Holley-Cribbin was born in Cheltenham. A final year PhD student at Swansea University,  she is a specialist in adaptation theory, particularly Victorian stage adaptations of nineteenth-century novels. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of York where her dissertation was on Victorian stage adaptations of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

                                            

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PAST PRODUCTIONS

The Tree Charter Tapestry 

2017 Everyman Theatre Studio Cheltenham

A play with music and songs by Caroline Summerfield 

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The Tree Charter Tapestry 

by Caroline Summerfield 

2018 Canwood Open-Air Theatre Herefordshire

A play with music and songs performed in an extend version of the play

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“A Modern Day Midsummers’ Night Dream”  

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An Honest Politician by Caroline Summerfield

6th Stroud Theatre Festival 2018

 

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The outrageous diary of an honest politician, John Wilkes, starring actor Bill Cronshaw. Nicknamed the “King Mob” of eighteenth century England, Wilkes lies languishing in prison. Who cares that he’s attacked the government and slandered the King – surely everyone is entitled to express their opinion? Brought to life with a whole host of colourful characters, John Wilkes is determined to deliver his version of events as only a politician can, with his own political diary. ‘An Honest Politician’ was written in 2005 by the playwright Caroline Summerfield for the National Portrait Gallery’s Public Performance Season. Attracting a sell-out audience in London,  John Wilkes has now travelled to Stroud for these performances and to drum-up support as only an honest politician can.

“Sheer literary brilliance”

Bill Cronshaw has pitch-perfect comic timing”

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Myself And Other Parts December 2018

Holst Museum and also at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop

 A Christmas play inspired by the film Miracle on 34th Street.  

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