Natura Contemporary Theatre

THEATRE TOURS & RADIO DRAMAS 2021-2022

Jane Austen and The Cheltonians – Nominated for the 29th Writers’ Guild of Great Britain’s Best Play Award (2020/21)

September 2021 Bath Jane Austen Festival – https://www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk/events/jane-austen-and-the-cheltonians-theatrical/

June 2021 Chawton House

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

The Gardening Times

Until July 2021 BHBN Independent Birmingham Internet Radio Broadcasting Station

More Gardening Times

Until May 2021 BHBN Independent Birmingham Internet Radio Broadcasting Station

For more information please see below

RADIO THEATRE LAUNCHED 2020-2021

Caroline Summerfield (writer), David Horton (vice-chair BHBN) and Ellie Darvill (actor)

MORE GARDENING TIMES MAY 2021

Working again with BHBN we will be producing More Gardening Times co-written by the Summerfield Sisters, Caroline and Angela Summerfield, performed by Ellie Darvill. These will be broadcasted through the month of May 2021 on weekdays at 10.40 a.m. and can be listened to via the internet or by downloading the APP onto your mobile phone by visiting BHBN’s website- or listen via an internet radio, whatever you decide to do, we hope you listen and enjoy.

CHRISTMAS PLAY FOR RADIO THEATRE DECEMBER 2020

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.

THE GARDENING TIMES SEPTEMBER 2020-JULY 2021

Supporting our NHS, patients, staff, relatives and the wider community, Natura Contemporary Theatre have developed the radio dramatisations of The Gardening Times by Caroline and Angela Summerfield 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’

£2.00

PAST THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Jane Austen & 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‘)

2019 Anthology Extend Literary Festival Cheltenham

2019 7th Stroud Theatre Festival

2020 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

2020 Churchill Theatre Bromley London


Trailer for Jane Austen & The Cheltonians
Abigail Halley (Jane Austen) and Gabriella Shillingford (Eloisa Fairweather)
Abigail Halley (Jane Austen) and Gabriella Shillingford (Eloisa Fairweather)

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”  (local theatre critic)

2018 Canwood Open-air-Theatre

2017 Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

Albert Wiggett performed by Mark Topping 

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

 

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

 

All of the company

An Honest Politician

by Caroline Summerfield 

“Sheer literary brilliance” (local theatre critic)

2018 6th Stroud Theatre Festival

John Wilkes Image (3)

Myself And Other Parts

by Caroline Summerfield

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

“Bill Cronshaw has pitch-perfect comic timing” 

(local theatre critic)

2017 Holst Museum Cheltenham

2017 Suffolk Anthology Cheltenham

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Bill Cronshaw (Lawrence Granger)

 

   

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