Natura Contemporary Theatre

FURTHER RADIO THEATRE ANNOUCED

Working again with Birmingham Hospital Broadcasting Network we will be producing a Christmas radio play version of Myself And Other Parts by Caroline Summerfield and starring mother and son Birmingham actors, Ellie Darvill and Arthur Darvill. Inspired by the film Miracle on 34th Street, expect much laughter and fun. The two broadcast dates on BHBN will be confirmed shortly on BHBN’s website or follow us on Facebook – see link opposite. In the meantime, if you would like to help with this gift of radio drama for patients in Birmingham’s seven major hospitals please do visit our Crowdfunding Page at:

COVID NHS Christmas Radio Theatre – a Film and Theatre crowdfunding project in Birmingham by Caroline Summerfield (crowdfunder.co.uk)

RADIO THEATRE LAUNCHED

THE GARDENING TIMES

by Angela and Caroline Summerfield

Supporting our NHS, patients, staff, relatives and the wider community, Natura Contemporary Theatre developed the radio dramatisations of The Gardening Times in twenty episodes for broadcast on the Birmingham Hospital Broadcasting Network. Broadcasted daily on weekdays at 10.40 a.m until July 2021.

Visit BHBN’s website for more information, to listen live and to download the APP onto your mobile phone.

The Gardening Times is delightfully whimsical and follows the creation of a garden, led by the lady of the house with the doubtful assistance of her Head Gardener,Under Gardener and He-who-cuts the grass. It is read by the actress Ellie Darvill.

Our thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support in making this possible through the award of a National Lottery Project Grant.

The Forest’s Music (oil painting reproduced by kind permission of the artist Angela Summerfield)

COVID -19 BROADCAST OF THE TREE CHARTER TAPESTRY

 AVAILABLE TO LISTEN TO NOW

Go to : anchor.fm/caroline-rose-summerfield

Recorded live at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham 2017

If you have enjoyed the broadcast please do contact us. We are seeking donations to help support our website and our pre-production work as we seek to gear ourselves up for 2021.

Please donate to help support the Natura Contemporary Theatre Company

Thank you for listening to the performance of ‘The Tree Charter Tapestry’

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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS   

    Jane Austen and The Cheltonians  

Or Emma Part II    

by Caroline Summerfield  

        A must for all fans of Jane Austen

(Review by Kattie Preedy for Glos Info Online Magazine)

FUTURE TOUR DATES 

Abigail Halley (Jane Austen) and Gabriella Shillingford (Eloisa Fairweather)
Abigail Halley (Jane Austen) and Gabriella Shillingford (Eloisa Fairweather)

Following our sell-out tour to the Stroud Theatre Festival, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and the Churchill Theatre London, we are pleased to report that we are on schedule for resuming the tour of this play in summer 2021.

Chawton House 2021 – Regency Week – Further details to follow.

Bath Jane Austen Festival 2021 – Further details to follow. 

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 London 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 and all actors with good radio drama experience.

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.  She was a finalist for the Terence Rattigan Award in 2018. 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.

PAST PRODUCTIONS

Albert Wiggett performed by Mark Topping 

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Ellie Darvill (Esther Wiggett) and John Martin Stevens (Albert Wiggett)

The Tree Charter Tapestry  by Caroline Summerfield

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

“A Modern Day Midsummers’ Night Dream”  

2017 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

2018 Canwood Open-air-Theatre

David Lloyd (John Stokes) and Geoff Ramshaw (Deer Spirit)

All of the company

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An Honest Politician by Caroline Summerfield

“Sheer literary brilliance”

“Bill Cronshaw has pitch-perfect comic timing”

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Bill Cronshaw (Lawrence Granger)

Myself And Other Parts  by Caroline Summerfield

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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