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SUMMER 2 0 1 2 A P R I L S E P T

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Rail

The nearest station is Stoke-on-Trent. Connections to Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Stafford, Crewe. Enquiries: 08457 484950

New adventures for the New Vic years

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This season online . . .

Backstage gossip go offstage and online with Artistic Director Theresa’s behind-the-scenes blog Please ‘like’ us; visit our New Vic facebook page for news and pictures Browse on-the-go: just scan this QR code with your phone to visit our website

Features

Plays

4 Collaborators & Creatives

14 Where Have I

Been All My Life?

16 Roots 18 Far From the

Madding Crowd

20 22 24 26 28 29 30 36

Equus

Sabbat

A Fine Bright DayToday Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Burn

Foley

One Nighters 34 Wicked Women 34 Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn

35 Back to Basie 35 Lawson Trio 35 Ludwig Trio

Events 31 NoFit State Circus 36 Ages & Stages Drop in day & Exhibition

38 Exhibitions 38 Craft Fairs

A Christmas Carol

Ages and Stages

Summer 2012

6 New Vic

Documentaries

10 New Adventures in Theatre

40 Burning Ambition 44 Giving a Hand

Information Community 32 39 New Vic Friends 42 New Vic Education diary

45 New Vic Borderlines diary

46 Business Friends

43 47 47 48 49 50 50 52

Ticket packages

Conferences & Training

Costume & prop hire Food & drink

Under 26 tickets

Booking / access Ticket prices Calendar

How to get here

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contents

This season online . . .

Backstage gossip go offstage and online with Artistic Director Theresa’s behind-the-scenes blog Please ‘like’ us; visit our New Vic facebook page for news and pictures Browse on-the-go: just scan this QR code with your phone to visit our website

Features

Plays

4 Collaborators & Creatives

14 Where Have I

Been All My Life?

16 Roots 18 Far From the

Madding Crowd

20 22 24 26 28 29 30 36

Equus

Sabbat

A Fine Bright DayToday Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Burn

Foley

One Nighters 34 Wicked Women 34 Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn

35 Back to Basie 35 Lawson Trio 35 Ludwig Trio

Events 31 NoFit State Circus 36 Ages & Stages Drop in day & Exhibition

38 Exhibitions 38 Craft Fairs

A Christmas Carol

Ages and Stages

Summer 2012

6 New Vic

Documentaries

10 New Adventures in Theatre

40 Burning Ambition 44 Giving a Hand

Information Community 32 39 New Vic Friends 42 New Vic Education diary

45 New Vic Borderlines diary

46 Business Friends

43 47 47 48 49 50 50 52

Ticket packages

Conferences & Training

Costume & prop hire Food & drink

Under 26 tickets

Booking / access Ticket prices Calendar

How to get here

3 | newvictheatre.org.uk


From the Artistic Director

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Collaborators the round where he’ll direct Philip Goulding’s A Fine Bright Day Today.

I

’ve worked many times with Peter Leslie Wild in his capacity as Senior Producer at the BBC where he’s been responsible for The Archers and Falco among many others. Before that he was an associate at The Orange Tree, London’s in-the-round theatre, so I’m delighted to be welcoming him back to

Composer Mary Keith and I have worked on a number of shows that are real career stand-outs for me, including an outdoor epic with fire and galloping horses; and of course Jamaica Inn, one of my first productions at the New Vic. As in those shows, Far from the Madding Crowd will feature live music and songs. Mary and I are currently exploring using the lyricism and rhythmic drive of the folk tradition to stage the passing of the seasons. I saw the work of No Fit State at the Edinburgh Festival a

Circus

Creatives Peter Leslie Wild

Mary Keith

couple of years ago, and was thrilled by the energy and skill on show. We’ve been hatching a plan with their Creative Producer, Ali Williams, to bring this wonderful company to Newcastle-underLyme for the first time. Those of you who were lucky enough to get in to some of last summer’s fringe events know that it’s a time of year when we like to experiment a little. After seeing an engaging work in progress at the First Bite festival last year I wanted to share the piece with you at the New Vic, so I’ve invited its creator Jo Bannon to come and work with the team here to develop it further. You may not know that I couple directing for theatre with

No Fit State Circus

writing for radio, and when I’m in that studio (the same one where The Archers is recorded – oh, the fun of being able to ring Ruth’s doorbell!) I always marvel at the skill of the Foley operators, who create the sound effects. So this piece, which unites these two media I love and combines them with film noir, which I also adore, really appealed to me. Finally, of course, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the Victoria Theatre Company being in Staffordshire, so please help us celebrate our golden half-century by coming along to a show. Best wishes,

Theresa Heskins 5 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk


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Collaborators the round where he’ll direct Philip Goulding’s A Fine Bright Day Today.

I

’ve worked many times with Peter Leslie Wild in his capacity as Senior Producer at the BBC where he’s been responsible for The Archers and Falco among many others. Before that he was an associate at The Orange Tree, London’s in-the-round theatre, so I’m delighted to be welcoming him back to

Composer Mary Keith and I have worked on a number of shows that are real career stand-outs for me, including an outdoor epic with fire and galloping horses; and of course Jamaica Inn, one of my first productions at the New Vic. As in those shows, Far from the Madding Crowd will feature live music and songs. Mary and I are currently exploring using the lyricism and rhythmic drive of the folk tradition to stage the passing of the seasons. I saw the work of No Fit State at the Edinburgh Festival a

Circus

Creatives Peter Leslie Wild

Mary Keith

couple of years ago, and was thrilled by the energy and skill on show. We’ve been hatching a plan with their Creative Producer, Ali Williams, to bring this wonderful company to Newcastle-underLyme for the first time. Those of you who were lucky enough to get in to some of last summer’s fringe events know that it’s a time of year when we like to experiment a little. After seeing an engaging work in progress at the First Bite festival last year I wanted to share the piece with you at the New Vic, so I’ve invited its creator Jo Bannon to come and work with the team here to develop it further. You may not know that I couple directing for theatre with

No Fit State Circus

writing for radio, and when I’m in that studio (the same one where The Archers is recorded – oh, the fun of being able to ring Ruth’s doorbell!) I always marvel at the skill of the Foley operators, who create the sound effects. So this piece, which unites these two media I love and combines them with film noir, which I also adore, really appealed to me. Finally, of course, it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the Victoria Theatre Company being in Staffordshire, so please help us celebrate our golden half-century by coming along to a show. Best wishes,

Theresa Heskins 5 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk


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Stories I the

community

tells to itself

The theatre documentary is The Vic’s defining tradition. So, in our 50th anniversary year, it’s entirely appropriate that a new documentary opens our Summer Season.

The Vic in 1974

t’s remarkable that a cashstrapped theatre company, housed in a converted cinema in a smoky, industrial town could build an international reputation for its work. But, with its pioneering documentaries – meticulously researched local stories made into entertaining celebrations of local life – The Vic did just that.

All the words spoken had to be verbatim, the actual words spoken by that person. And, from the very first, documentaries always told Staffordshire stories for Staffordshire people – from 1964’s Jolly Potters about the 1842 Chartist riots in the Potteries, to Fight For Shelton Bar! in 1974, which documented the battle to keep the steelworks at Etruria from closing, and 1993’s Nice Girls with its drama of miners wives occupying Hem Heath colliery.The Civil War, Primitive Methodism,The North Staffordshire Railway, Stanley Matthews, Potteries people in WW2; all got The Vic documentary treatment.

The Vic’s founding Director, Peter Cheeseman, made no claims to having invented the theatre documentary. He readily acknowledged that it had its origins in the American ‘Living Newspapers’ of the 1930s, with their improvised dramas based on current events; in Euan McColl’s groundbreaking Radio Ballads where real voices and stirring music are used to evoke the lives of Peter Cheeseman working people; and in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, whose production Oh What a Lovely War! Peter Cheeseman retired in 1998, after provided much of the inspiration for The an unprecedented 36 years as Director Vic’s rough, music-hall performance style. of The Vic and The New Vic. He had fulfilled his ambition to create a theatre But it was Peter’s insistence on the use of that was truly a part of its community. original source material – interviews, A theatre that, as film director and ex-Vic letters, newspaper reports – put together actor Mike Leigh said, “always had its collectively by members of the company windows open to let fresh air from the that gave Vic documentaries an extra force. community blow through”.

it is very important to tell stories from within the community that would not otherwise be heard

7 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk


Features

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Stories I the

community

tells to itself

The theatre documentary is The Vic’s defining tradition. So, in our 50th anniversary year, it’s entirely appropriate that a new documentary opens our Summer Season.

The Vic in 1974

t’s remarkable that a cashstrapped theatre company, housed in a converted cinema in a smoky, industrial town could build an international reputation for its work. But, with its pioneering documentaries – meticulously researched local stories made into entertaining celebrations of local life – The Vic did just that.

All the words spoken had to be verbatim, the actual words spoken by that person. And, from the very first, documentaries always told Staffordshire stories for Staffordshire people – from 1964’s Jolly Potters about the 1842 Chartist riots in the Potteries, to Fight For Shelton Bar! in 1974, which documented the battle to keep the steelworks at Etruria from closing, and 1993’s Nice Girls with its drama of miners wives occupying Hem Heath colliery.The Civil War, Primitive Methodism,The North Staffordshire Railway, Stanley Matthews, Potteries people in WW2; all got The Vic documentary treatment.

The Vic’s founding Director, Peter Cheeseman, made no claims to having invented the theatre documentary. He readily acknowledged that it had its origins in the American ‘Living Newspapers’ of the 1930s, with their improvised dramas based on current events; in Euan McColl’s groundbreaking Radio Ballads where real voices and stirring music are used to evoke the lives of Peter Cheeseman working people; and in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, whose production Oh What a Lovely War! Peter Cheeseman retired in 1998, after provided much of the inspiration for The an unprecedented 36 years as Director Vic’s rough, music-hall performance style. of The Vic and The New Vic. He had fulfilled his ambition to create a theatre But it was Peter’s insistence on the use of that was truly a part of its community. original source material – interviews, A theatre that, as film director and ex-Vic letters, newspaper reports – put together actor Mike Leigh said, “always had its collectively by members of the company windows open to let fresh air from the that gave Vic documentaries an extra force. community blow through”.

it is very important to tell stories from within the community that would not otherwise be heard

7 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk


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New Vic Borderlines make theatre with local people

Jolly Potters, the first Vic documentary, 1964

Using their own voices

Peter Cheeseman and writer Peter Terson on the set of The Knotty, 1966

Nice Girls, 1983

Under his successor, Gwenda Hughes, the stories and voices of local people continued to be put at the centre of the New Vic stage – but in very different ways. New initiatives were begun with New Vic Borderlines and New Vic Education making theatre with local people and, in the case of Borderlines, tackling urgent social problems – crime, anti-social behaviour, racism, domestic violence and more. Instead of a documentary with theatre professionals interpreting and then staging the words and actions of local people, now the people themselves were making the drama and, often, appearing on the stage, both here at the NewVic and in schools and community venues around Staffordshire.The community telling its own story with its own voice. This work produces powerful theatre and it can be life changing – both for the people involved and for audiences. A string of awards and interest from around Europe are testament to yet more groundbreaking and influential work from the New Vic.

Sir Stanley Matthews on-stage after the last performance of Come on Stan!, 1994

8 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk

Documentary back in fashion

Back in the 1960s,The Vic’s pioneering documentaries had a profound influence on the whole of British theatre with many other companies taking up the idea. Close the Coalhouse Door from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Stirrings in Sheffield on a Saturday Night from Sheffield Playhouse are just two of the more celebrated examples. It’s interesting

actors have recorded interviews played back to them during the actual performance, allowing them directly to mimic the accents, stresses and speech patterns of the people they are playing. The effects can be astonishing. Alecky is one of the most in-demand talents in theatre today, so it’s a real coup for the New Vic to have commissioned her to make a

The Vic has always been a theatre with its windows thrown open to let fresh air from the community blow through Mike Leigh, film director

that Northern Stage are producing Close the Coalhouse Door once again. Today, although it rather fell out of fashion in the 1980’s, the documentary has never been more widely produced or popular. Under the banner of ‘verbatim theatre’ and just as with The Vic’s documentaries, the actual words of real people have been used in productions such as David Hare���s The Permanent Way, Deep Cut by Philip Ralph, Scenes From the Saville Enquiry, Enron, Black Watch and dozens more; and in television dramas such as Channel 4’s The Arbor.

new documentary as part of our 50th anniversary. Just like the Vic documentaries from the 1960s, Where Have I Been All My Life looks at the real lives of local people, and at their hopes, ambitions, aspirations and dreams. In Peter Cheeseman’s words, it’s a story that “the community tells to itself”.

Amongst the most successful has been Alecky Blythe’s London Road, last year’s biggest hit for the Royal National Theatre. Alecky uses a technique that is a development of verbatim theatre:‘recorded delivery’. The Alecky Blythe's London Road at the Royal National Theatre, 2011 photo by Vikki Peter


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New Vic Borderlines make theatre with local people

Jolly Potters, the first Vic documentary, 1964

Using their own voices

Peter Cheeseman and writer Peter Terson on the set of The Knotty, 1966

Nice Girls, 1983

Under his successor, Gwenda Hughes, the stories and voices of local people continued to be put at the centre of the New Vic stage – but in very different ways. New initiatives were begun with New Vic Borderlines and New Vic Education making theatre with local people and, in the case of Borderlines, tackling urgent social problems – crime, anti-social behaviour, racism, domestic violence and more. Instead of a documentary with theatre professionals interpreting and then staging the words and actions of local people, now the people themselves were making the drama and, often, appearing on the stage, both here at the NewVic and in schools and community venues around Staffordshire.The community telling its own story with its own voice. This work produces powerful theatre and it can be life changing – both for the people involved and for audiences. A string of awards and interest from around Europe are testament to yet more groundbreaking and influential work from the New Vic.

Sir Stanley Matthews on-stage after the last performance of Come on Stan!, 1994

8 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk

Documentary back in fashion

Back in the 1960s,The Vic’s pioneering documentaries had a profound influence on the whole of British theatre with many other companies taking up the idea. Close the Coalhouse Door from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Stirrings in Sheffield on a Saturday Night from Sheffield Playhouse are just two of the more celebrated examples. It’s interesting

actors have recorded interviews played back to them during the actual performance, allowing them directly to mimic the accents, stresses and speech patterns of the people they are playing. The effects can be astonishing. Alecky is one of the most in-demand talents in theatre today, so it’s a real coup for the New Vic to have commissioned her to make a

The Vic has always been a theatre with its windows thrown open to let fresh air from the community blow through Mike Leigh, film director

that Northern Stage are producing Close the Coalhouse Door once again. Today, although it rather fell out of fashion in the 1980’s, the documentary has never been more widely produced or popular. Under the banner of ‘verbatim theatre’ and just as with The Vic’s documentaries, the actual words of real people have been used in productions such as David Hare’s The Permanent Way, Deep Cut by Philip Ralph, Scenes From the Saville Enquiry, Enron, Black Watch and dozens more; and in television dramas such as Channel 4’s The Arbor.

new documentary as part of our 50th anniversary. Just like the Vic documentaries from the 1960s, Where Have I Been All My Life looks at the real lives of local people, and at their hopes, ambitions, aspirations and dreams. In Peter Cheeseman’s words, it’s a story that “the community tells to itself”.

Amongst the most successful has been Alecky Blythe’s London Road, last year’s biggest hit for the Royal National Theatre. Alecky uses a technique that is a development of verbatim theatre:‘recorded delivery’. The Alecky Blythe's London Road at the Royal National Theatre, 2011 photo by Vikki Peter


Features

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New Adventures in Theatre Circus with a difference, an extravaganza of sounds and taking flying to new heights — its a 50th anniversary summer of adventures for the New Vic. Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, discusses the treats in store this season… 10 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk

S

itting in the New Vic offices looking out on to snow covered rooftops, summer seems like a lifetime away but if Theresa Heskins’ smile is anything to go by she could not be more enthusiastic about the coming months.

“We’ve got some big adventures planned for the summer season,” she beams: “In the last five years I have been trying to bring lots of new art to our audience in terms of aerial work and our fringe theatre. “There are lots of exciting things happening in the Metropolis – I think these things are fun for everyone and I want our audience here to be able to enjoy that.” We’ve frolicked with flying, dabbled with outof-the-ordinary fringe theatre and will be experimenting with recorded delivery in the world-premiere of Where Have I Been All My Life? by hot young talent Alecky Blythe. And this box of theatrical goodies is about to get even more exhilarating with plans in the pipeline to take the theatre’s aerial work to the next level with the help of Vicki Amedume from Upswing. No stranger to the New Vic, the aerial choreographer worked wonders with red silks in The Wicked Lady and helped us fly to Neverland in Peter Pan and is returning to go bigger and better in a performance later this year.

“I am really thrilled Vicki is coming back to the New Vic and cannot wait to start working with her on new ideas which will take our flying skills even higher,” Theresa says. Moving on, and continuing the theme of flying, Theresa recounts how she first discovered NoFit State Circus, a contemporary circus teaming up with the New Vic in May. “This came about after bumping into NoFit State Circus at the Edinburgh Festival,” Theresa explains: “It was the most amazing event - people were flying around you and just above your head. It was really exciting and I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring it to Newcastle-under-Lyme.” NoFit State Circus is far from being ordinary. With no animals, no ringmaster and no clowns, it is fair to say that convention is well and truly cast aside. Since forming in 1986, the company has established itself as the leading large-scale contemporary circus in the UK combining live music, dance and theatre with traditional skills. The company’s professional tented touring shows have visited 15 different countries, played to audiences of more than 250,000 and have won prestigious international arts awards. They certainly know their stuff.


Features

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New Adventures in Theatre Circus with a difference, an extravaganza of sounds and taking flying to new heights — its a 50th anniversary summer of adventures for the New Vic. Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, discusses the treats in store this season… 10 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk

S

itting in the New Vic offices looking out on to snow covered rooftops, summer seems like a lifetime away but if Theresa Heskins’ smile is anything to go by she could not be more enthusiastic about the coming months.

“We’ve got some big adventures planned for the summer season,” she beams: “In the last five years I have been trying to bring lots of new art to our audience in terms of aerial work and our fringe theatre. “There are lots of exciting things happening in the Metropolis – I think these things are fun for everyone and I want our audience here to be able to enjoy that.” We’ve frolicked with flying, dabbled with outof-the-ordinary fringe theatre and will be experimenting with recorded delivery in the world-premiere of Where Have I Been All My Life? by hot young talent Alecky Blythe. And this box of theatrical goodies is about to get even more exhilarating with plans in the pipeline to take the theatre’s aerial work to the next level with the help of Vicki Amedume from Upswing. No stranger to the New Vic, the aerial choreographer worked wonders with red silks in The Wicked Lady and helped us fly to Neverland in Peter Pan and is returning to go bigger and better in a performance later this year.

“I am really thrilled Vicki is coming back to the New Vic and cannot wait to start working with her on new ideas which will take our flying skills even higher,” Theresa says. Moving on, and continuing the theme of flying, Theresa recounts how she first discovered NoFit State Circus, a contemporary circus teaming up with the New Vic in May. “This came about after bumping into NoFit State Circus at the Edinburgh Festival,” Theresa explains: “It was the most amazing event - people were flying around you and just above your head. It was really exciting and I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring it to Newcastle-under-Lyme.” NoFit State Circus is far from being ordinary. With no animals, no ringmaster and no clowns, it is fair to say that convention is well and truly cast aside. Since forming in 1986, the company has established itself as the leading large-scale contemporary circus in the UK combining live music, dance and theatre with traditional skills. The company’s professional tented touring shows have visited 15 different countries, played to audiences of more than 250,000 and have won prestigious international arts awards. They certainly know their stuff.


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Jo Bannon with some of her sound effect equipment. Photo: Carl Newland

“It is something we are really excited about,” enthuses Theresa: “We are very fortunate to have them coming here.” It was another chance encounter which led Theresa to invite artist Jo Bannon to the New Vic to develop a work in progress which caught her eye at last year’s First Bite Festival in Birmingham. At completely the opposite end of the scale to NoFit State, Foley will take over the New Vic studio on 20 and 21 July.

Part performance demonstration, part thriller, the show begins with a fascination with foley, the handmade technique of making sound effects for film.

Why should exciting developments happening in theatre just be for the big cities?

Working in partnership with Newcastleunder-Lyme Borough Council, the New Vic and NoFit State Circus are taking over Lyme Valley Parkway on 19 May for a performance of Barricade. An open-air structure designed by Dan Potra, the brains behind the Delhi 2010

Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, sets the scene – a spectacular aerial playground, with tyres, ladders, a labyrinth of rigging and two lorries acting as the toys for acrobats, tightrope walkers and aerialists.

It’s a fascination which Theresa shares: “It’s an adventure in sound!” she laughs: “It is one of those things we don’t get to do very often, working on a small scale like the fringe theatre events when we did plays in the car park and at tables in the bar. “I have done quite a lot of writing for radio and I am always interested in the work of foley artists. “Jo’s piece of theatre creates really vivid sounds and lets you into the secret of how it’s all done.” With adventures outlined, the New Vic’s 50th anniversary summer is looking bright in spite of the current dreary weather.

“These adventures are all great for the New Vic in what is such a special anniversary year,” concludes Theresa: “Why should exciting developments happening in theatre just be for the big cities? “Theatre is moving forward and we want to be moving forward in the same direction.”

Peter Pan, 2010 Photo: Andrew Billington


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Jo Bannon with some of her sound effect equipment. Photo: Carl Newland

“It is something we are really excited about,” enthuses Theresa: “We are very fortunate to have them coming here.” It was another chance encounter which led Theresa to invite artist Jo Bannon to the New Vic to develop a work in progress which caught her eye at last year’s First Bite Festival in Birmingham. At completely the opposite end of the scale to NoFit State, Foley will take over the New Vic studio on 20 and 21 July.

Part performance demonstration, part thriller, the show begins with a fascination with foley, the handmade technique of making sound effects for film.

Why should exciting developments happening in theatre just be for the big cities?

Working in partnership with Newcastleunder-Lyme Borough Council, the New Vic and NoFit State Circus are taking over Lyme Valley Parkway on 19 May for a performance of Barricade. An open-air structure designed by Dan Potra, the brains behind the Delhi 2010

Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies and Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, sets the scene – a spectacular aerial playground, with tyres, ladders, a labyrinth of rigging and two lorries acting as the toys for acrobats, tightrope walkers and aerialists.

It’s a fascination which Theresa shares: “It’s an adventure in sound!” she laughs: “It is one of those things we don’t get to do very often, working on a small scale like the fringe theatre events when we did plays in the car park and at tables in the bar. “I have done quite a lot of writing for radio and I am always interested in the work of foley artists. “Jo’s piece of theatre creates really vivid sounds and lets you into the secret of how it’s all done.” With adventures outlined, the New Vic’s 50th anniversary summer is looking bright in spite of the current dreary weather.

“These adventures are all great for the New Vic in what is such a special anniversary year,” concludes Theresa: “Why should exciting developments happening in theatre just be for the big cities? “Theatre is moving forward and we want to be moving forward in the same direction.”

Peter Pan, 2010 Photo: Andrew Billington


Plays

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a New Vic Theatre production

Where Have I Been All My Life?

Life’s not an audition.

by Alecky Blythe Directed by Theresa Heskins as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, an important new theatre documentary from the multi award-winning writer dubbed “the woman changing the face of British theatre”. In the New Vic tradition, the dreams, ambitions and desires of North Staffordshire people staged in hilarious, touching and sometimes shocking word-for-word detail.

What’s to look forward to now the pits and the pot-banks have gone? How can you follow your dreams in a world without work?

In bathrooms and back-bedrooms across town, undiscovered stars are getting ready for their big chance. After a lifetime singing in the shower, maybe their 15 minutes of fame is just an audition away. And, for the charity shop worker, the young-mum and the boy from Bentilee, this could be the day that changes their lives forever. But never forget: for every winner there’s got to be a loser.

Sat 7 – Sat 28 April

"Astonishing documentary theatre” The Daily Telegraph

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Sat 7 April Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Captioned 7.30 pm Tues 24 April Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 28 April Talkback Tues 10, 17, 24; Thurs 12, 19, 26 April Get in the mood with a Best seats for just £13.00! nightly pre-show karaoke (see page 32) from 7pm

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Plays

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a New Vic Theatre production

Where Have I Been All My Life?

Life’s not an audition.

by Alecky Blythe Directed by Theresa Heskins as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, an important new theatre documentary from the multi award-winning writer dubbed “the woman changing the face of British theatre”. In the New Vic tradition, the dreams, ambitions and desires of North Staffordshire people staged in hilarious, touching and sometimes shocking word-for-word detail.

What’s to look forward to now the pits and the pot-banks have gone? How can you follow your dreams in a world without work?

In bathrooms and back-bedrooms across town, undiscovered stars are getting ready for their big chance. After a lifetime singing in the shower, maybe their 15 minutes of fame is just an audition away. And, for the charity shop worker, the young-mum and the boy from Bentilee, this could be the day that changes their lives forever. But never forget: for every winner there’s got to be a loser.

Sat 7 – Sat 28 April

"Astonishing documentary theatre” The Daily Telegraph

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Sat 7 April Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Captioned 7.30 pm Tues 24 April Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 28 April Talkback Tues 10, 17, 24; Thurs 12, 19, 26 April Get in the mood with a Best seats for just £13.00! nightly pre-show karaoke (see page 32) from 7pm

15 | www.newvictheatre.org.uk


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A Colchester Mercury Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Co-Production

“one of the most important plays of its era”

Roots by Arnold Wesker Along with Harold Pinter and John Osbourne, Arnold Wesker is one of a generation of great playwrights that reinvented British Theatre. Brimful with earthy humour, crackling with ideas and life, Roots is an acknowledged masterpiece. The production is directed by Andrew Breakwell. Norfolk, 1959. Beatie Bryant is back home from London for a holiday. Head filled with wonderful new ideas, heart full of love for bright new boyfriend Ronnie, she regales her farm-labouring family with stories of him and their London life. Convinced she’s found a new and better way to live, she impatiently counts down the days to Ronnie’s first visit, desperately hoping her family won’t let her down. But, as they gather to await his arrival, Beatie is forced to find a way to think and speak for herself.

Tues 8 – Sat 12 May

This is a period play; there may be smoking on stage.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 8 May Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

Part of our THREE plays for £40 package! (see page 32)

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A Colchester Mercury Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company Co-Production

“one of the most important plays of its era”

Roots by Arnold Wesker Along with Harold Pinter and John Osbourne, Arnold Wesker is one of a generation of great playwrights that reinvented British Theatre. Brimful with earthy humour, crackling with ideas and life, Roots is an acknowledged masterpiece. The production is directed by Andrew Breakwell. Norfolk, 1959. Beatie Bryant is back home from London for a holiday. Head filled with wonderful new ideas, heart full of love for bright new boyfriend Ronnie, she regales her farm-labouring family with stories of him and their London life. Convinced she’s found a new and better way to live, she impatiently counts down the days to Ronnie’s first visit, desperately hoping her family won’t let her down. But, as they gather to await his arrival, Beatie is forced to find a way to think and speak for herself.

Tues 8 – Sat 12 May

This is a period play; there may be smoking on stage.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 8 May Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

Part of our THREE plays for £40 package! (see page 32)

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a New Vic Theatre production

Far From The Madding Crowd

“I shouldn't mind being a bride – if I could be one without having a husband.”

by Thomas Hardy Following her acclaimed and hugely imaginative stagings of Great Expectations and Bleak House, Theresa Heskins’ ingenious new adaptation fills the New Vic stage with fire, rain, original music by Mary Keith and all the vivid life and laughter of this great novel. Wild, willful and fiercely independent, beautiful Bathsheba Everdene is determined to be her own woman. But when she attracts the competing attentions of three very different men, she finds herself making a choice.

Fri 18 May – Sat 9 June

In Hardy’s unforgettable story of one woman, three men, madness, murder and revenge, Bathsheba’s fateful decision sets in motion a dramatic chain of events that will change their lives forever. 'Inspired' The Guardian 'Wonderfully created...Ingeniusly staged' The Stage (The critics on Bleak House)

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Fri 18 May Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Part of our THREE Captioned 7.30 pm Weds 6 June plays for £40 package! Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 9 June (see page 32) Talkback Weds 6 June

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a New Vic Theatre production

Far From The Madding Crowd

“I shouldn't mind being a bride – if I could be one without having a husband.”

by Thomas Hardy Following her acclaimed and hugely imaginative stagings of Great Expectations and Bleak House, Theresa Heskins’ ingenious new adaptation fills the New Vic stage with fire, rain, original music by Mary Keith and all the vivid life and laughter of this great novel. Wild, willful and fiercely independent, beautiful Bathsheba Everdene is determined to be her own woman. But when she attracts the competing attentions of three very different men, she finds herself making a choice.

Fri 18 May – Sat 9 June

In Hardy’s unforgettable story of one woman, three men, madness, murder and revenge, Bathsheba’s fateful decision sets in motion a dramatic chain of events that will change their lives forever. 'Inspired' The Guardian 'Wonderfully created...Ingeniusly staged' The Stage (The critics on Bleak House)

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Fri 18 May Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Part of our THREE Captioned 7.30 pm Weds 6 June plays for £40 package! Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 9 June (see page 32) Talkback Weds 6 June

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London Classic Theatre presents

“taut, flawless and compelling . . .” The Stage

Equus by Peter Shaffer Inspired by a true story, this unique psychological thriller by the author of The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Amadeus is directed by Michael Cabot. First staged at the Royal National Theatre in 1973, it had a triumphant three-year Broadway run, winning the New York Critics Circle Award and a coveted Tony Award. In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Child psychiatrist Martin Dysert begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand why. As he digs deeper and begins to win Alan’s trust, the truth gradually begins to emerge. But, if Alan is ever to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night.

Tues 12 – Sat 23 June

A welcome return for London Classic Theatre following last year's powerful production of After Miss Julie. “the kind of show for which awards are given” WhatsOnStage Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 12 June Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Part of our THREE

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London Classic Theatre presents

“taut, flawless and compelling . . .” The Stage

Equus by Peter Shaffer Inspired by a true story, this unique psychological thriller by the author of The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Amadeus is directed by Michael Cabot. First staged at the Royal National Theatre in 1973, it had a triumphant three-year Broadway run, winning the New York Critics Circle Award and a coveted Tony Award. In a Hampshire stable, a youth blinds six horses with a metal spike. Convicted of this appalling crime, seventeen-year-old Alan Strang is sent to a secure psychiatric hospital. Child psychiatrist Martin Dysert begins to probe Alan’s past in an attempt to understand why. As he digs deeper and begins to win Alan’s trust, the truth gradually begins to emerge. But, if Alan is ever to be free of his demons, he must relive the events of that terrible night.

Tues 12 – Sat 23 June

A welcome return for London Classic Theatre following last year's powerful production of After Miss Julie. “the kind of show for which awards are given” WhatsOnStage Equus contains strong language, adult themes and nudity.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 12 June Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Part of our THREE

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The Dukes presents

Sabbat The Trials of The Pendle Witches by Richard Shannon Good Friday 1612. High on a hill in the wild and lawless area of Pendle in Lancashire, 20 people gather for a secret meeting at Malkin Tower, the home of Elizabeth Southerns. Known to the neighbourhood as ‘Owd Demdike’, she has been committed for trial as a witch. At Lancaster Assizes in August of that year, ten of those present are sentenced to hang at Gallows Hill. Their crime is the bewitching to death “by devilish practices and hellish means” of no fewer than 16 inhabitants of the Forest of Pendle.

Tues 26 – Sat 30 June

The case of the Pendle Witches has become the most famous witch hunt and trial in British history. Directed by Amy Leach, this production from The Dukes, Lancaster commemorates the 400th anniversary of these notorious events.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 26 June Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

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The Dukes presents

Sabbat The Trials of The Pendle Witches by Richard Shannon Good Friday 1612. High on a hill in the wild and lawless area of Pendle in Lancashire, 20 people gather for a secret meeting at Malkin Tower, the home of Elizabeth Southerns. Known to the neighbourhood as ‘Owd Demdike’, she has been committed for trial as a witch. At Lancaster Assizes in August of that year, ten of those present are sentenced to hang at Gallows Hill. Their crime is the bewitching to death “by devilish practices and hellish means” of no fewer than 16 inhabitants of the Forest of Pendle.

Tues 26 – Sat 30 June

The case of the Pendle Witches has become the most famous witch hunt and trial in British history. Directed by Amy Leach, this production from The Dukes, Lancaster commemorates the 400th anniversary of these notorious events.

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Tues 26 June Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

Part of our THREE plays for £40 package! (see page 32)

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a New Vic Theatre production

A Fine Bright Day Today by Philip Goulding

Set in a northern coastal town, this warmly funny, big-hearted play looks at moving on, chance meetings and middle-aged love. Directed by Peter Leslie Wild, it reminds us that everyone deserves a second chance at happiness.

Who says there’s always more fish in the sea?

Margaret’s been widowed for more than 30 years, her trawlerman husband lost at sea. Now grown-up daughter Rebecca is making waves – leaving home to move in with her boyfriend. So Margaret gets ready for a life of meals for one, washing up and making sure she’s turned off the gas. But when she impulsively agrees to take in a lodger, it’s not long before he’s disturbing the calm, dripping rainwater on her nice clean floors, appearing for breakfast in his boxers. And Milton turns out to have hidden depths. Maybe they won’t just be ships in the night. And, maybe, when you think life’s all washed up, you just might find that there’s a future after all.

Fri 6 – Sat 21 July

“beguiling” ####The Guardian “extraordinarily powerful”The Stage

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Fri 6 July Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Captioned 7.30 pm Tues 17 July Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 21 July Talkback Tues 17 July

Part of our THREE plays for £40 package! (see page 32)

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a New Vic Theatre production

A Fine Bright Day Today by Philip Goulding

Set in a northern coastal town, this warmly funny, big-hearted play looks at moving on, chance meetings and middle-aged love. Directed by Peter Leslie Wild, it reminds us that everyone deserves a second chance at happiness.

Who says there’s always more fish in the sea?

Margaret’s been widowed for more than 30 years, her trawlerman husband lost at sea. Now grown-up daughter Rebecca is making waves – leaving home to move in with her boyfriend. So Margaret gets ready for a life of meals for one, washing up and making sure she’s turned off the gas. But when she impulsively agrees to take in a lodger, it’s not long before he’s disturbing the calm, dripping rainwater on her nice clean floors, appearing for breakfast in his boxers. And Milton turns out to have hidden depths. Maybe they won’t just be ships in the night. And, maybe, when you think life’s all washed up, you just might find that there’s a future after all.

Fri 6 – Sat 21 July

“beguiling” ####The Guardian “extraordinarily powerful”The Stage

Booking Information Tickets £10.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Fri 6 July Under 26s Go Free See page 48 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) Interpreted performances Captioned 7.30 pm Tues 17 July Audio described 2.15 pm Sat 21 July Talkback Tues 17 July

Part of our THREE plays for £40 package! (see page 32)

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A David Graham production

Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night! The ultimate 60s musical! Uncle Eric, Madge and their gang of brilliant singers, actors and musicians are back! Time for a great night out – comedy, nostalgia and non-stop hits of the 1960s. Time for the ultimate 60s musical! It’s Saturday 30 July 1966. Eric Smith, the world’s worst DJ, is having a hard day. He desperately needs some dosh, and he needs it now – before Madge finds out that he’s hired the local community centre for a Saturday night disco but sold no tickets. Not one.

Mon 20 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

But, just when things are looking really dodgy, it turns out to be the day that England win the World Cup. Eric can’t believe his luck – everybody wants to go somewhere to celebrate. He’s going to be quids-in! That’s what he thinks.The band hasn’t turned up, he’s only got three records for the disco, and the manager of the community centre turns out to be Madge’s twin sister, Rita. Will Eric get away with it? Will Madge find out about his underhand dealings? What is Rita’s dark secret? Who is the silent, handsome stranger at the dance? And, while we’re at it, whatever happened to Spangles?

Booking Information Tickets £14.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Mon 20 Aug Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

Best seats for just £13.00! (see page 32)

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A David Graham production

Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night! The ultimate 60s musical! Uncle Eric, Madge and their gang of brilliant singers, actors and musicians are back! Time for a great night out – comedy, nostalgia and non-stop hits of the 1960s. Time for the ultimate 60s musical! It’s Saturday 30 July 1966. Eric Smith, the world’s worst DJ, is having a hard day. He desperately needs some dosh, and he needs it now – before Madge finds out that he’s hired the local community centre for a Saturday night disco but sold no tickets. Not one.

Mon 20 Aug – Sat 1 Sept

But, just when things are looking really dodgy, it turns out to be the day that England win the World Cup. Eric can’t believe his luck – everybody wants to go somewhere to celebrate. He’s going to be quids-in! That’s what he thinks.The band hasn’t turned up, he’s only got three records for the disco, and the manager of the community centre turns out to be Madge’s twin sister, Rita. Will Eric get away with it? Will Madge find out about his underhand dealings? What is Rita’s dark secret? Who is the silent, handsome stranger at the dance? And, while we’re at it, whatever happened to Spangles?

Booking Information Tickets £14.50 - £19.50 Group Discounts £2.00 off for ten or more First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions) Mon 20 Aug Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)

Best seats for just £13.00! (see page 32)

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A New Vic Youth Theatre production

A Jo Bannon production with the New Vic

Burn

Foley

by Deborah Gearing

by Jo Bannon

This Youth Theatre production was first performed as part of the Royal National Theatre’s Shell Connections Festival. A powerful and inspiring play, it is a unique portrait of teenage life, drawn with startling and refreshing honesty.

Part performance, part demonstration, part thriller, this new work begins with a fascination with ‘foley’ – the archaic, hand-made technique of making sound effects for film.

A group of friends who hang out up and down the river, tell the story of Birdman’s dramatic last day. Fifteen years-old, no family, no friends, he’s a loner with nothing to lose.

Jo Bannon explores this specialist art form, to create a film noir world of the hard-faced man and the femme fatale. The chase scene, the sex scene and the door being kicked off it’s hinges are conjured with nothing more than party poppers, bits of wood and lots of vegetables.

When his social worker says he’s being moved to a new home in a city far away, Birdman swears he won’t go. Then he asks a girl out on an ill-fated date . . .

An hour of home-made sound effects, imagination and good old fashioned suspense — your eyes won’t believe what your ears are seeing!

“ achieves serious pathos and intensity; you watch the leading characters with compassion, curiosity and concern… Enthralling.”The Financial Times

“…the pitter patter of ominous feet pursue you through Bannon’s rich and engaging audio landscape. This is the visual feast of the cinema without the moving pictures.” Pete Philips, Search Party

Booking Information

Booking Information

Tickets £6.50 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49)Some strong language

Tickets £9.50 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) May contain smoking

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Developed with the support of Residence, Testing Grounds and South Hill Park.

Fri 20 & Sat 21 July

Fri 4 & Sat 5 May

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A New Vic Youth Theatre production

A Jo Bannon production with the New Vic

Burn

Foley

by Deborah Gearing

by Jo Bannon

This Youth Theatre production was first performed as part of the Royal National Theatre’s Shell Connections Festival. A powerful and inspiring play, it is a unique portrait of teenage life, drawn with startling and refreshing honesty.

Part performance, part demonstration, part thriller, this new work begins with a fascination with ‘foley’ – the archaic, hand-made technique of making sound effects for film.

A group of friends who hang out up and down the river, tell the story of Birdman’s dramatic last day. Fifteen years-old, no family, no friends, he’s a loner with nothing to lose.

Jo Bannon explores this specialist art form, to create a film noir world of the hard-faced man and the femme fatale. The chase scene, the sex scene and the door being kicked off it’s hinges are conjured with nothing more than party poppers, bits of wood and lots of vegetables.

When his social worker says he’s being moved to a new home in a city far away, Birdman swears he won’t go. Then he asks a girl out on an ill-fated date . . .

An hour of home-made sound effects, imagination and good old fashioned suspense — your eyes won’t believe what your ears are seeing!

“ achieves serious pathos and intensity; you watch the leading characters with compassion, curiosity and concern… Enthralling.”The Financial Times

“…the pitter patter of ominous feet pursue you through Bannon’s rich and engaging audio landscape. This is the visual feast of the cinema without the moving pictures.” Pete Philips, Search Party

Booking Information

Booking Information

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Tickets £9.50 Concessions £2.00 off (see page 49) May contain smoking

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A New Vic Theatre production

Charles Dickens’

P r e s e n t e d b y N e w c a s t l e - u n d e r - L ym e B o r o u g h C o u n c i l with the New Vic Theatre

The UK’s leading contemporary circus company

NoFit State Circus

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Barricade The stunning new open-air show from the internationally acclaimed company!

The greatest Christmas classic of them all brought to the stage by New Vic Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, and the team behind the brilliant Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas during one ghostly night in Dickens’ London.

Lyme Valley Parkway will be transformed on 19 May – into a spectacular aerial playground of breathtaking circus with aerialists and acrobats, tightrope walkers, pyrotechnics and inspiring live music. Barricade is the latest show from the world-class circus company with a fantastic, international reputation. Praise for previous shows by NoFit State Circus:

With lavish costumes, wonderful music, magical staging and lots of laughter, it’s another special family Christmas round at the New Vic.

‘jaw-dropping’ The Independent ‘Avidly entertaining’ The Times ‘Gymnastic feats that make you gasp’ The Telegraph ‘One of the most shake-your-head-in-disbelief beautiful things I have ever seen.’ The Scotsman

Tickets £14.00 - £21.00 Family-of-Four ticket just £60.00

Booking Information F REE E VE NT !

“a wonderful box of theatrical tricks” The Guardian

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If the weather is too bad the performance will be cancelled.

Sat 19 May Lyme Valley Parkway

Coming this Christmas!

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A New Vic Theatre production

Charles Dickens’

P r e s e n t e d b y N e w c a s t l e - u n d e r - L ym e B o r o u g h C o u n c i l with the New Vic Theatre

The UK’s leading contemporary circus company

NoFit State Circus

Events

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Barricade The stunning new open-air show from the internationally acclaimed company!

The greatest Christmas classic of them all brought to the stage by New Vic Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, and the team behind the brilliant Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas during one ghostly night in Dickens’ London.

Lyme Valley Parkway will be transformed on 19 May – into a spectacular aerial playground of breathtaking circus with aerialists and acrobats, tightrope walkers, pyrotechnics and inspiring live music. Barricade is the latest show from the world-class circus company with a fantastic, international reputation. Praise for previous shows by NoFit State Circus:

With lavish costumes, wonderful music, magical staging and lots of laughter, it’s another special family Christmas round at the New Vic.

‘jaw-dropping’ The Independent ‘Avidly entertaining’ The Times ‘Gymnastic feats that make you gasp’ The Telegraph ‘One of the most shake-your-head-in-disbelief beautiful things I have ever seen.’ The Scotsman

Tickets £14.00 - £21.00 Family-of-Four ticket just £60.00

Booking Information F REE E VE NT !

“a wonderful box of theatrical tricks” The Guardian

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If the weather is too bad the performance will be cancelled.

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THREEplays just£40! TWO plays

One Night Events THREE

Any seat Any night

Choose from these great acts:

for just £30!

Far From the Madding Crowd and A Fine Bright Day Today plus (for Three plays package only) one of the following: Roots or Equus or Sabbat

And, when you book our special Three for £40 plays package, you can choose from all this too: Where Have I Been All My Life, Roots, Equus, Sabbat, Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night £13.00 (Mon - Thurs) or £13.50 (Fri & Sat) each additional show; A Christmas Carol £14.00

FOUR friends for £54!

Four tickets for just £54 - a great value, great night out with friends. Any play, any seats Monday - Friday Just give us an email address to qualify for this great offer (not Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night or A Christmas Carol; max 8 tickets per booking)

Ticket packages cannot be combined with other concessions or offers (inc First Night Fever); must be booked in a single transaction; additional plays 1 ticket per play per package; change your performance any time, more than 3 days prior to the performance; all sales subject to availability and Box Office Manager’s discretion.

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events

eventsjust£40!

Wicked Women; Lawson Trio; Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn; Back to Basie*; Ludwig String Trio

* £1 premium for this show

And, when you book an event package, you can choose from all this too: • Any additional show for just £14.00 each • Under 16s tickets for one night events as indicated just £7.50 (1 ticket per package.)

Special nights out make special presents! Gift Vouchers - why not give someone special nights at the theatre with a New Vic Gift Voucher? Just ask our Box Office.

Friends Membership - got a friend who’s a real fan of theatre?

Why not make them one of our Friends - from just £20 a year. See page 39 for New Vic Friends details.

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THREEplays just£40! TWO plays

One Night Events THREE

Any seat Any night

Choose from these great acts:

for just £30!

Far From the Madding Crowd and A Fine Bright Day Today plus (for Three plays package only) one of the following: Roots or Equus or Sabbat

And, when you book our special Three for £40 plays package, you can choose from all this too: Where Have I Been All My Life, Roots, Equus, Sabbat, Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night £13.00 (Mon - Thurs) or £13.50 (Fri & Sat) each additional show; A Christmas Carol £14.00

FOUR friends for £54!

Four tickets for just £54 - a great value, great night out with friends. Any play, any seats Monday - Friday Just give us an email address to qualify for this great offer (not Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night or A Christmas Carol; max 8 tickets per booking)

Ticket packages cannot be combined with other concessions or offers (inc First Night Fever); must be booked in a single transaction; additional plays 1 ticket per play per package; change your performance any time, more than 3 days prior to the performance; all sales subject to availability and Box Office Manager’s discretion.

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events

eventsjust£40!

Wicked Women; Lawson Trio; Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn; Back to Basie*; Ludwig String Trio

* £1 premium for this show

And, when you book an event package, you can choose from all this too: • Any additional show for just £14.00 each • Under 16s tickets for one night events as indicated just £7.50 (1 ticket per package.)

Special nights out make special presents! Gift Vouchers - why not give someone special nights at the theatre with a New Vic Gift Voucher? Just ask our Box Office.

Friends Membership - got a friend who’s a real fan of theatre?

Why not make them one of our Friends - from just £20 a year. See page 39 for New Vic Friends details.

Ticket Offers - Events

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Come round for a

One-Nighter!

Weds 18 April The Archers popular characters present

Directed by Malcolm McKee and Sue Wilson

From Cleopatra to Mae West; Lady Macbeth to Lady Bracknell, a wickedly funny evening of sketches, poetry, prose and anecdote celebrating history's outrageous women real and fictional.

Voted Best British Big Band at British Jazz Awards 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Back to Basie Orchestra is dedicated to capturing the sound and spirit of the legendary “Swingin’ Machine”, Count Basie's great orchestra of the 1950s and 1960s.

£17.50 / £19.50 / cons Part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Jubilee Music Festival 2012

Presented by Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde who play two of The Archers most popular characters - Caroline Sterling and Lilliam Bellamy. Plus, revealing insights into Sara and Sunny's life with the world's longest running radio series, The Archers! £13.50 / £15.50 / cons / Under 16s Go Free

MUSIC IN THE ROUND is the UK’s leading promoter of chamber music outside London, dedicated to presenting the best in small-scale music in an informal atmosphere.

Mon 23 April Weds 23 May A great comedy double bill!

JO CAULFIELD & HENNING WEHN

Jo Caulfield is “one of the finest female comics at work” (The Observer). Star of Michael McIntyre’s Road Show, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and her own Radio 4 show, That Jo Caulfield Again! to name just a few. And she writes for some of the biggest names in the business – Graham Norton, Joan Rivers and Marcus Brigstocke among them. “Do not miss her” (The Times).

Jo’s joined by Henning Wehn, “Germany’s comedy ambassador”.Think Germans have no sense of humour? Well, the star of his own Radio 2 show Henning Knows How To . . . and a TV and radio regular on shows such as The Now Show, The News Quiz, Out To Lunch, The Unbelievable Truth, QI, Dave’s One Night Stand and many more proves otherwise! His unique comedy is “brilliantly conceived” (The Stage), “Very Funny” (Time Out) “Vorchsprung Durh laughs” (The Guardian). £14.50 / £16.50

BACK TO BASIE ORCHESTRA

Back to Basie is Great Britain's Count Basie tribute orchestra. Directed by trumpet player Paul Lacey with leading session musicians and jazz soloists, the orchestra features award winning singer, Jacqui Hicks. “they lifted the roof off..." Sunday Times

WICKED WOMEN

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Adult content

LAWSON TRIO

One of the finest ensembles of its generation, the Lawson Trio’s busy concert schedule, has recently taken it to the South Bank Centre, Bath International Festival, and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

MOZART Trio in G K564 DAVID KNOTTS The Long Way Home DEBUSSY Trio No.1 in G BRAHMS Trio in B Op.8

Pre-concert talk (6.00 pm):The trio introduce the programme.

Mon 16 July

LUDWIG STRING TRIO

Peter Cropper violin, James Boyd viola, Paul Watkins cello. Three of today’s finest chamber musicians indulge in their greatest shared passion: getting right to the heart of wonderfully profound music. BEETHOVEN, Serenade in D, Op.8 HINDEMITH, String Trio, Op.34 MOZART, Divertimento in E flat, K.563

Pre-concert talk (6.00 pm):The trio discuss the concert including Mozart’s influence on Beethoven and Hindemith’s importance in the history of Western music.

Each concert: £14.00 / £18.00 / £19.50 / cons / Under 16s Go Free

Performance in the round Performance on three sides Directional performance with some element of front and back


One Nighters

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Come round for a

One-Nighter!

Weds 18 April The Archers popular characters present

Directed by Malcolm McKee and Sue Wilson

From Cleopatra to Mae West; Lady Macbeth to Lady Bracknell, a wickedly funny evening of sketches, poetry, prose and anecdote celebrating history's outrageous women real and fictional.

Voted Best British Big Band at British Jazz Awards 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Back to Basie Orchestra is dedicated to capturing the sound and spirit of the legendary “Swingin’ Machine”, Count Basie's great orchestra of the 1950s and 1960s.

£17.50 / £19.50 / cons Part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Jubilee Music Festival 2012

Presented by Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde who play two of The Archers most popular characters - Caroline Sterling and Lilliam Bellamy. Plus, revealing insights into Sara and Sunny's life with the world's longest running radio series, The Archers! £13.50 / £15.50 / cons / Under 16s Go Free

MUSIC IN THE ROUND is the UK’s leading promoter of chamber music outside London, dedicated to presenting the best in small-scale music in an informal atmosphere.

Mon 23 April Weds 23 May A great comedy double bill!

JO CAULFIELD & HENNING WEHN

Jo Caulfield is “one of the finest female comics at work” (The Observer). Star of Michael McIntyre’s Road Show, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week and her own Radio 4 show, That Jo Caulfield Again! to name just a few. And she writes for some of the biggest names in the business – Graham Norton, Joan Rivers and Marcus Brigstocke among them. “Do not miss her” (The Times).

Jo’s joined by Henning Wehn, “Germany’s comedy ambassador”.Think Germans have no sense of humour? Well, the star of his own Radio 2 show Henning Knows How To . . . and a TV and radio regular on shows such as The Now Show, The News Quiz, Out To Lunch, The Unbelievable Truth, QI, Dave’s One Night Stand and many more proves otherwise! His unique comedy is “brilliantly conceived” (The Stage), “Very Funny” (Time Out) “Vorchsprung Durh laughs” (The Guardian). £14.50 / £16.50

BACK TO BASIE ORCHESTRA

Back to Basie is Great Britain's Count Basie tribute orchestra. Directed by trumpet player Paul Lacey with leading session musicians and jazz soloists, the orchestra features award winning singer, Jacqui Hicks. “they lifted the roof off..." Sunday Times

WICKED WOMEN

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Weds 30 May Paul Lacey’s

Adult content

LAWSON TRIO

One of the finest ensembles of its generation, the Lawson Trio’s busy concert schedule, has recently taken it to the South Bank Centre, Bath International Festival, and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

MOZART Trio in G K564 DAVID KNOTTS The Long Way Home DEBUSSY Trio No.1 in G BRAHMS Trio in B Op.8

Pre-concert talk (6.00 pm):The trio introduce the programme.

Mon 16 July

LUDWIG STRING TRIO

Peter Cropper violin, James Boyd viola, Paul Watkins cello. Three of today’s finest chamber musicians indulge in their greatest shared passion: getting right to the heart of wonderfully profound music. BEETHOVEN, Serenade in D, Op.8 HINDEMITH, String Trio, Op.34 MOZART, Divertimento in E flat, K.563

Pre-concert talk (6.00 pm):The trio discuss the concert including Mozart’s influence on Beethoven and Hindemith’s importance in the history of Western music.

Each concert: £14.00 / £18.00 / £19.50 / cons / Under 16s Go Free

Performance in the round Performance on three sides Directional performance with some element of front and back


Events

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Ages

Stages

The life and times of the New Vic comes to the fore this summer thanks to the Ages and Stages project… For the past 50 years the New Vic has been closely involved with the people of North Staffordshire.

Now, the memories of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with the theatre’s pioneering documentaries are being brought to life on stage in the Ages and Stages documentary project, a partnership between the New Vic and Keele University.

Drawing on a wealth of interviews, the theatre’s Education department has created an all-new documentary charting the importance of the theatre through the eyes of the people who have been linked to it during the past 50 years.

Developed in weekly workshops attended by longstanding audience members, the documentary builds a picture of the impact the theatre has had on countless lives and involves unique contributions from the New Vic Youth Theatre. Coming hand in hand with the documentary is an exhibition curated by the New Vic’s resident Designer Lis Evans.

Running from 25 June to 21 July the exhibition will be a showcase of Victoria Theatre and New Vic memorabilia on loan from the public and from the theatre’s own archive.

26 May

First day in The New Vic: Peter Cheeseman, Cathy Seabridge, Head Cleaner at the Old Vic, Joan Levitt, Vic Appeal Chair

Share your Vic memories Bringing in day 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Share your memories of the Victoria Theatre and New Vic ahead of the Ages and Stages exhibition. We’re on the hunt for loans of photographs, programmes, tickets, costumes, in fact, anything which you associate with the theatre and its 50 year history. Dig out your treasures and get involved! 25 June – 21 July

Ages and Stages exhibition

Audience participation in Good Golly Miss Molly

Explore the 50 years of the Victoria Theatre and New Vic through the eyes of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with our documentaries.

Curated by Lis Evans, the New Vic’s resident designer who has been responsible for many memorable set and costume designs over the years, the exhibition will be an eclectic scrapbook of objects and memorabilia on loan from the public, with material from the theatre archive also on show.

11 July

Ages and Stages performance

An all-new documentary celebrating the lives of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with our pioneering documentaries. This documentary brings memories to life, looks to the future and explores the issues affecting North Staffordshire people today. A unique insight into the lives of the people who have been involved with the theatre.

This performance is part of the programme for the British Society of Gerontology conference at Keele University.

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New Vic Education in association with Keele University presents

Ages

Stages

The life and times of the New Vic comes to the fore this summer thanks to the Ages and Stages project… For the past 50 years the New Vic has been closely involved with the people of North Staffordshire.

Now, the memories of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with the theatre’s pioneering documentaries are being brought to life on stage in the Ages and Stages documentary project, a partnership between the New Vic and Keele University.

Drawing on a wealth of interviews, the theatre’s Education department has created an all-new documentary charting the importance of the theatre through the eyes of the people who have been linked to it during the past 50 years.

Developed in weekly workshops attended by longstanding audience members, the documentary builds a picture of the impact the theatre has had on countless lives and involves unique contributions from the New Vic Youth Theatre. Coming hand in hand with the documentary is an exhibition curated by the New Vic’s resident Designer Lis Evans.

Running from 25 June to 21 July the exhibition will be a showcase of Victoria Theatre and New Vic memorabilia on loan from the public and from the theatre’s own archive.

26 May

First day in The New Vic: Peter Cheeseman, Cathy Seabridge, Head Cleaner at the Old Vic, Joan Levitt, Vic Appeal Chair

Share your Vic memories Bringing in day 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Share your memories of the Victoria Theatre and New Vic ahead of the Ages and Stages exhibition. We’re on the hunt for loans of photographs, programmes, tickets, costumes, in fact, anything which you associate with the theatre and its 50 year history. Dig out your treasures and get involved! 25 June – 21 July

Ages and Stages exhibition

Audience participation in Good Golly Miss Molly

Explore the 50 years of the Victoria Theatre and New Vic through the eyes of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with our documentaries.

Curated by Lis Evans, the New Vic’s resident designer who has been responsible for many memorable set and costume designs over the years, the exhibition will be an eclectic scrapbook of objects and memorabilia on loan from the public, with material from the theatre archive also on show.

11 July

Ages and Stages performance

An all-new documentary celebrating the lives of theatre employees, volunteers, audience members and people involved with our pioneering documentaries. This documentary brings memories to life, looks to the future and explores the issues affecting North Staffordshire people today. A unique insight into the lives of the people who have been involved with the theatre.

This performance is part of the programme for the British Society of Gerontology conference at Keele University.

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Exhibitions 2 - 28 April

FIVE Staffordshire Artists FIVE at the Vic

David Gleeson, Lisa Henderson, Mark Lippett, Deborah Walker and Kim Bramley. Showcase rich and diverse work including paintings, drawings prints and glass in their inaugural exhibition.

30 April – 26 May

Frances Nagg

Catching the Light

Paintings celebrating the ways we ‘look’ at images and landscapes. Occupying a space between representation and abstraction, the painting becomes a visual record of the process of perception.

28 May – 23 June

David Evans Recent work

Recent work in watercolour and pen and ink drawing on paper. Inspiration comes from traditional themes in the history of painting, literature, poetry and music.These pictures blur the margins between fine art and illustration.

25 June – 21 July

Ages and Stages

Contributions from local people See page 37

23 July – 18 August

Carmel Dennison

Portrait of the Potteries - post-industrial views

Works showing the area in its post-industrial decline and dereliction, portraying its potential to be reclaimed by nature. Elements of beauty in the detail of weathered buildings and the juxtaposition of brick, metal, wood and plant life.

Craft Fairs

The best of contemporary and traditional crafts from North Staffs Guild of Craftsmen Saturday 5th May 11.00 am - 4.00 pm ‘Potters at the New Vic’ Saturday 12th May 11.00 am - 4.00 pm • Check with Front of House department for dates of exclusive preview nights for any of our exhibitions. • To exhibit your work here, receive Preview Night invitations, please contact Front of House on: 01782 717954 ext 311.

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A Frabjous Twelfth Night! A Wonderland cast, a weird and wonderful cabaret and a whole host of laughs…it was a Twelfth Night to remember!

More than 100 friends of the New Vic enjoyed a fabulous night of fun and frivolity at this year’s Twelfth Night Party.

The weird and wonderful cabaret saw the Alice in Wonderland company and Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides team share the stage with New Vic staff for the event which gave our Building Futures appeal a much-welcomed boost.

A good night was had by all!

Don’t forget to pre-book your Friends events! Please feel free to get in touch at any time. You can contact Kay Wilson by email (kwilson@newvictheatre.org.uk) or phone her on 01782 717539.

Why not make your friend a 'Friend'?

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Do you know someone who would enjoy being a New Vic Friend? A Friends membership is a thoughtful gift they can enjoy all through the year.

For details of how to make your friend a Friend contact Marketing on 01782 717539. Events Diary

Dress Rehearsal Where Have I Been All My Life Thurs 5 April Far From The Madding Crowd Thurs 17 May A Fine Bright Day Today Thurs 5 July Spotlight Peter Leslie Wild director and radio producer TBC

Theatre Trip Theatre By The Lake, Keswick. Production to be confirmed For information on the New Vic Friends call 01782 717539 or email:kwilson@newvictheatre.org.uk website:www.newvictheatre.org.uk


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Exhibitions 2 - 28 April

FIVE Staffordshire Artists FIVE at the Vic

David Gleeson, Lisa Henderson, Mark Lippett, Deborah Walker and Kim Bramley. Showcase rich and diverse work including paintings, drawings prints and glass in their inaugural exhibition.

30 April – 26 May

Frances Nagg

Catching the Light

Paintings celebrating the ways we ‘look’ at images and landscapes. Occupying a space between representation and abstraction, the painting becomes a visual record of the process of perception.

28 May – 23 June

David Evans Recent work

Recent work in watercolour and pen and ink drawing on paper. Inspiration comes from traditional themes in the history of painting, literature, poetry and music.These pictures blur the margins between fine art and illustration.

25 June – 21 July

Ages and Stages

Contributions from local people See page 37

23 July – 18 August

Carmel Dennison

Portrait of the Potteries - post-industrial views

Works showing the area in its post-industrial decline and dereliction, portraying its potential to be reclaimed by nature. Elements of beauty in the detail of weathered buildings and the juxtaposition of brick, metal, wood and plant life.

Craft Fairs

The best of contemporary and traditional crafts from North Staffs Guild of Craftsmen Saturday 5th May 11.00 am - 4.00 pm ‘Potters at the New Vic’ Saturday 12th May 11.00 am - 4.00 pm • Check with Front of House department for dates of exclusive preview nights for any of our exhibitions. • To exhibit your work here, receive Preview Night invitations, please contact Front of House on: 01782 717954 ext 311.

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A Frabjous Twelfth Night! A Wonderland cast, a weird and wonderful cabaret and a whole host of laughs…it was a Twelfth Night to remember!

More than 100 friends of the New Vic enjoyed a fabulous night of fun and frivolity at this year’s Twelfth Night Party.

The weird and wonderful cabaret saw the Alice in Wonderland company and Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides team share the stage with New Vic staff for the event which gave our Building Futures appeal a much-welcomed boost.

A good night was had by all!

Don’t forget to pre-book your Friends events! Please feel free to get in touch at any time. You can contact Kay Wilson by email (kwilson@newvictheatre.org.uk) or phone her on 01782 717539.

Why not make your friend a 'Friend'?

Community - Friends

Events- Exhibitions

Summer2012MagArt:Layout 1

Do you know someone who would enjoy being a New Vic Friend? A Friends membership is a thoughtful gift they can enjoy all through the year.

For details of how to make your friend a Friend contact Marketing on 01782 717539. Events Diary

Dress Rehearsal Where Have I Been All My Life Thurs 5 April Far From The Madding Crowd Thurs 17 May A Fine Bright Day Today Thurs 5 July Spotlight Peter Leslie Wild director and radio producer TBC

Theatre Trip Theatre By The Lake, Keswick. Production to be confirmed For information on the New Vic Friends call 01782 717539 or email:kwilson@newvictheatre.org.uk website:www.newvictheatre.org.uk


Feature Education

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Burning ambition

With Senior Youth Theatre rehearsals in full swing, director David Reynolds and the young cast of Burn take time out to talk about their summer production…

Members of the New Vic’s Senior Youth Theatre are taking to the main stage to present critically-acclaimed Burn by Deborah Gearing. A cast of 12 performers aged between 16 and 18 are taking on the memory play for main house performances on Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 May.

Sally Malloy ird show This is my Vth , I love ic ew N at the – it is re he performingnderful theatre such a wo d with. I to be involve ly learnt a have definite d dramas, icals an lot, being in ntmus w to be an all ho ar I have le ormer and play a round perf nvincingly. character co

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Burn was first performed at the National Theatre as part of the theatre’s Connections programme which commissions new writing specifically for youth theatre.

Emily Darley It is real nice to be part of lythis group, with this big it is great being play able to put the together show

Teague Davis I started in the Youth Theatre this year and I am really liking it

Chris Evans I really do enjoy acting and I’ve loved the shows we have put on here

This is the story of Birdman. 15-yearsold. No family, no friends, a loner. On an afternoon down on a riverbank the friends he never had narrate the story of his last day. For Director David Reynolds the choice of play was simple. “We have chosen Burn because we wanted a piece which was specifically written for young people,” he said: “It is a memory play which looks at the events of a boy’s last day through the eyes of the people he came into contact with on that day. “It is very much a piece which should resonate with a young audience as it presents teenage life honestly and refreshingly in quite a fast-paced way.”

Jess Hughes, who plays a Social Worker, has been involved with the New Vic’s Youth Theatre programme since she was just seven years old. She said: “Being involved with the New Vic has want to do drama more than ever as I have grown up around it. I have recently been in two main house shows, Bleak House and The Admirable Crichton which was amazing and a great opportunity. Burn is really exciting.”

Georgia Bourne Bradleypart I have beenTheatre of Youth was nine since I and years old in two have been s shows – I have Christma enjoyed every show thoroughlyone here I have d

Annabel Le Lohé I am really excited to be part of something we can produce and perform ourselves

Emma Mohring I have been h the New Vic wit for seven years an have always re d enjoyed it, it haalsly been a great way to get new expe rience Arthur Roberts

I have been coming to Youth Theatre for about ten years, so a long time! This is the second show I have been involved in, it is a good script and I am really looking forward to it


Feature Education

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Burning ambition

With Senior Youth Theatre rehearsals in full swing, director David Reynolds and the young cast of Burn take time out to talk about their summer production…

Members of the New Vic’s Senior Youth Theatre are taking to the main stage to present critically-acclaimed Burn by Deborah Gearing. A cast of 12 performers aged between 16 and 18 are taking on the memory play for main house performances on Friday and Saturday 4 and 5 May.

Sally Malloy ird show This is my Vth , I love ic ew N at the – it is re he performingnderful theatre such a wo d with. I to be involve ly learnt a have definite d dramas, icals an lot, being in ntmus w to be an all ho ar I have le ormer and play a round perf nvincingly. character co

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Burn was first performed at the National Theatre as part of the theatre’s Connections programme which commissions new writing specifically for youth theatre.

Emily Darley It is real nice to be part of lythis group, with this big it is great being play able to put the together show

Teague Davis I started in the Youth Theatre this year and I am really liking it

Chris Evans I really do enjoy acting and I’ve loved the shows we have put on here

This is the story of Birdman. 15-yearsold. No family, no friends, a loner. On an afternoon down on a riverbank the friends he never had narrate the story of his last day. For Director David Reynolds the choice of play was simple. “We have chosen Burn because we wanted a piece which was specifically written for young people,” he said: “It is a memory play which looks at the events of a boy’s last day through the eyes of the people he came into contact with on that day. “It is very much a piece which should resonate with a young audience as it presents teenage life honestly and refreshingly in quite a fast-paced way.”

Jess Hughes, who plays a Social Worker, has been involved with the New Vic’s Youth Theatre programme since she was just seven years old. She said: “Being involved with the New Vic has want to do drama more than ever as I have grown up around it. I have recently been in two main house shows, Bleak House and The Admirable Crichton which was amazing and a great opportunity. Burn is really exciting.”

Georgia Bourne Bradleypart I have beenTheatre of Youth was nine since I and years old in two have been s shows – I have Christma enjoyed every show thoroughlyone here I have d

Annabel Le Lohé I am really excited to be part of something we can produce and perform ourselves

Emma Mohring I have been h the New Vic wit for seven years an have always re d enjoyed it, it haalsly been a great way to get new expe rience Arthur Roberts

I have been coming to Youth Theatre for about ten years, so a long time! This is the second show I have been involved in, it is a good script and I am really looking forward to it


Education Projects

FOR SCHOOLS We work with students and teachers promoting drama across the curriculum, as a means of learning as well as a vibrant and vital subject in its own right. If you have a project in mind, big or small, we’d love to hear from you to develop a bespoke project for your school.

FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE Drama Club Saturday morning drama sessions for children aged 4-10. A chance to be creative, have fun and make new friends. Saturdays 9-10, 10.15-11.15, 11.30-12.30 (school term time) Youth Theatre Create, watch and explore theatre! Weekly after-school sessions for 10-12s, 13-15s and 16-18s (school term time) Youth Theatre Show New Vic Senior Youth Theatre present: Burn by Deborah Gearing Friday 4 & Saturday 5 May 7.30pm Tickets £6.50 (concessions £4.50) FOR ADULTS Evolve Have a go! Drama workshops for adults. The sessions will be practical, fun and give you an insight into creating character and developing scenes. No experience is necessary. Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm. Revolve Be inspired! Workshops, talks and discussions for adults based on selected New Vic productions. Learn more about productions and the vision of the people who create them. Dates to be confirmed.

Check our web page for more info or contact Lynn Parry.Tel: 01782 381366 Email: lparry@newvictheatre.org.uk

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Creative conferences and training

Arthur Roberts, who takes on the role of 15-year-old Tom in the play, has been a part of the New Vic’s Youth Theatre for ten years. He said: “This is the second show I have been involved in, it is a good script and performing on the theatre’s main stage is something I am really looking forward to.” David adds: “To work on a full-scale production supported by the New Vic’s design, craft and technical teams and to present it in the main house is a tremendous opportunity for our Youth Theatre. “It’s a challenge and a little scary, but it’s given them a real boost.” If you would like more information about the New Vic’s Education programme please contact Lynn Parry on 01782 381366 or lparry@newvictheatre.org.uk.

Sam Espley I have been involved for about a year now. Being able to get involved in something like this outside college has been great. I have made new friends and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Jess Hughes Being involved with the New Vic has made me want to do drama more than ever as I have grown up around it. Recently being in two main house shows, Bleak House and The Admirable Crichton was amazing and a great opportunity. Burn is really exciting to be involved with.

Special Matters: a conference for service providers, health practitioners and commissioners to develop practice and shape services for families

Organisations achieving change with award-winning New Vic Borderlines

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New Vic Borderlines develops, designs and delivers creative conferences and training. They are events that make a real difference.

We work regionally, nationally and internationally with HR professionals and those responsible for training and organisational development in voluntary and statutory organisations and in business. Our creative conferences and training are thought-provoking, innovative and purposeful. They help to identify the strengths and strategies which can make a real difference in working practice. And they empower individuals to be creative and innovative.

“I fully support the rolling out of this project across the UK”

Director of the Crown Prosecution Service

Key benefits of creative training with New Vic Borderlines include: • achieving meaningful consultation with service users; • improving customer/client relationships; • effective team-building and personal development; • achieving organisational change. To discuss creative conferences and training, contact Chair of Citizenship the Borderlines office on 01782 381368. Email amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk

“The work of New Vic Borderlines is outstanding”

All Our Daughters?: training day for Local Education Authorities, Police Services housing and other statutory agencies on national guidelines for keeping children and young people safe

Foundation

Partners we have worked with include:

British Crime Concern, British Muslim Welfare Society, Citizenship Foundation, Creative Partnerships, Crown Prosecution Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Home Office, Magistrates Association, Sure Start Special Matters, National Association for Youth Justice, Aspire Housing, Care Match, Cheshire Social Services, The Home Office, National Health Service Trusts, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Warsaw University, international health consortiums in Latvia, Finland and Holland.


Education Projects

FOR SCHOOLS We work with students and teachers promoting drama across the curriculum, as a means of learning as well as a vibrant and vital subject in its own right. If you have a project in mind, big or small, we’d love to hear from you to develop a bespoke project for your school.

FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE Drama Club Saturday morning drama sessions for children aged 4-10. A chance to be creative, have fun and make new friends. Saturdays 9-10, 10.15-11.15, 11.30-12.30 (school term time) Youth Theatre Create, watch and explore theatre! Weekly after-school sessions for 10-12s, 13-15s and 16-18s (school term time) Youth Theatre Show New Vic Senior Youth Theatre present: Burn by Deborah Gearing Friday 4 & Saturday 5 May 7.30pm Tickets £6.50 (concessions £4.50) FOR ADULTS Evolve Have a go! Drama workshops for adults. The sessions will be practical, fun and give you an insight into creating character and developing scenes. No experience is necessary. Tuesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm. Revolve Be inspired! Workshops, talks and discussions for adults based on selected New Vic productions. Learn more about productions and the vision of the people who create them. Dates to be confirmed.

Check our web page for more info or contact Lynn Parry.Tel: 01782 381366 Email: lparry@newvictheatre.org.uk

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Arthur Roberts, who takes on the role of 15-year-old Tom in the play, has been a part of the New Vic’s Youth Theatre for ten years. He said: “This is the second show I have been involved in, it is a good script and performing on the theatre’s main stage is something I am really looking forward to.” David adds: “To work on a full-scale production supported by the New Vic’s design, craft and technical teams and to present it in the main house is a tremendous opportunity for our Youth Theatre. “It’s a challenge and a little scary, but it’s given them a real boost.” If you would like more information about the New Vic’s Education programme please contact Lynn Parry on 01782 381366 or lparry@newvictheatre.org.uk.

Sam Espley I have been involved for about a year now. Being able to get involved in something like this outside college has been great. I have made new friends and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Jess Hughes Being involved with the New Vic has made me want to do drama more than ever as I have grown up around it. Recently being in two main house shows, Bleak House and The Admirable Crichton was amazing and a great opportunity. Burn is really exciting to be involved with.

Special Matters: a conference for service providers, health practitioners and commissioners to develop practice and shape services for families

Organisations achieving change with award-winning New Vic Borderlines

Community - Borderlines

23/2/12

Community - Education

Summer2012MagArt:Layout 1

New Vic Borderlines develops, designs and delivers creative conferences and training. They are events that make a real difference.

We work regionally, nationally and internationally with HR professionals and those responsible for training and organisational development in voluntary and statutory organisations and in business. Our creative conferences and training are thought-provoking, innovative and purposeful. They help to identify the strengths and strategies which can make a real difference in working practice. And they empower individuals to be creative and innovative.

“I fully support the rolling out of this project across the UK”

Director of the Crown Prosecution Service

Key benefits of creative training with New Vic Borderlines include: • achieving meaningful consultation with service users; • improving customer/client relationships; • effective team-building and personal development; • achieving organisational change. To discuss creative conferences and training, contact Chair of Citizenship the Borderlines office on 01782 381368. Email amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk

“The work of New Vic Borderlines is outstanding”

All Our Daughters?: training day for Local Education Authorities, Police Services housing and other statutory agencies on national guidelines for keeping children and young people safe

Foundation

Partners we have worked with include:

British Crime Concern, British Muslim Welfare Society, Citizenship Foundation, Creative Partnerships, Crown Prosecution Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Home Office, Magistrates Association, Sure Start Special Matters, National Association for Youth Justice, Aspire Housing, Care Match, Cheshire Social Services, The Home Office, National Health Service Trusts, Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Warsaw University, international health consortiums in Latvia, Finland and Holland.


Giving a hand

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It’s a long way from being homeless in Stoke-on-Trent to representing Britain at international festivals. With a helping hand from New Vic Borderlines, local people are making huge journeys.

Award-winning New Vic Borderlines works with thousands of young people every year. It’s work that changes lives for the better. And Borderlines’ Young People’s Theatre Company is a chance to stay involved.

As Borderlines Director, Sue Moffat, says: “We always knew that, for some people, there was a danger that projects could be ‘hit and run’ – valuable over a week, a month, six months. Then it stops. For most people this is fine, a difference made, a new direction set. But, because of where they are in life, or because they develop a passion for theatre, others need more.”

That’s where Young People’s Theatre Company comes in, allowing people who get involved with individual projects to stay involved.

“People arrive at Borderlines in lots of ways”, Sue explains. “They might be in trouble with the police, or be involved with Social Services, or they find themselves in Staffordshire as refugees, They come from a whole range of backgrounds and circumstances. Often, the work they do with us is one of the few positive experiences in their lives”.

Young People’s Theatre Company members certainly arrived as a mixed bag of individuals: a young man living in the YMCA; youngsters not in school; some with criminal convictions; some with disabilities; some refugees. As a group they’ve enjoyed some tremendous experiences – performing on the New Vic’s main stage, touring shows into schools, getting involved with conferences of social workers, police officers and a whole range of professionals. For their latest adventure, they’ve been invited to Poland to represent the UK and perform in an international youth festival.

Borderlines projects

A proud Sue expands: “The work we’re doing here in Staffordshire is stirring interest around Europe. Now we’ve been invited to the Without Frontiers Youth Festival in Rotzanystok, Poland. We’ll be joining group of young people from India, Mongolia, South Korea and Japan as well as from Finland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus. It just shows how far our young people have come. And what a responsibility for them: to show the world that something positive comes out of North Staffordshire, however difficult the circumstances”

Get Up Get Out Get In Helping participants overcome barriers to success and positive living, combating negative ways thinking and develop mechanisms for future success.

It’s certainly a long way from being homeless in Stoke-on-Trent.

Chapter 2 Participants will explore their own characters, the role they play in everyday life, their skills and what the next chapter in their lives could be. Next Chapter A chance for those who have participated in a CHAPTER 2 project to develop skills and identify pathways to a positive future.

Model Citizens Us How do you get involved with the ‘BIG SOCIETY’ and what does it means to be a citizen? An opportunity to find ways of having a positive impact in the community, and to discover individual energies and creativity.

VOLUNTEERING COMMUNITIES – CONNECTED COMMUNITIES A research project with Keele University exploring the role of volunteering in communities.

WHERE,WHERE,WHERE DELILAH A play by a former Chapter 2 participant about football and what can happen when Delilah goes missing.

FESTIWAL MLODZIEZY BEZ GRANIC Young People’s Theatre Company has been invited to Rozanystok, Poland to take part in the annual Without Frontiers Youth Festival.The group will have the chance to meet youth from other countries and to share ideas and theatre skills. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Young People’s Theatre Company will be presenting their interpretation of the Shakespeare classic

For further information, contact Borderlines on 01782 381368. Email amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk

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It’s a long way from being homeless in Stoke-on-Trent to representing Britain at international festivals. With a helping hand from New Vic Borderlines, local people are making huge journeys.

Award-winning New Vic Borderlines works with thousands of young people every year. It’s work that changes lives for the better. And Borderlines’ Young People’s Theatre Company is a chance to stay involved.

As Borderlines Director, Sue Moffat, says: “We always knew that, for some people, there was a danger that projects could be ‘hit and run’ – valuable over a week, a month, six months. Then it stops. For most people this is fine, a difference made, a new direction set. But, because of where they are in life, or because they develop a passion for theatre, others need more.”

That’s where Young People’s Theatre Company comes in, allowing people who get involved with individual projects to stay involved.

“People arrive at Borderlines in lots of ways”, Sue explains. “They might be in trouble with the police, or be involved with Social Services, or they find themselves in Staffordshire as refugees, They come from a whole range of backgrounds and circumstances. Often, the work they do with us is one of the few positive experiences in their lives”.

Young People’s Theatre Company members certainly arrived as a mixed bag of individuals: a young man living in the YMCA; youngsters not in school; some with criminal convictions; some with disabilities; some refugees. As a group they’ve enjoyed some tremendous experiences – performing on the New Vic’s main stage, touring shows into schools, getting involved with conferences of social workers, police officers and a whole range of professionals. For their latest adventure, they’ve been invited to Poland to represent the UK and perform in an international youth festival.

Borderlines projects

A proud Sue expands: “The work we’re doing here in Staffordshire is stirring interest around Europe. Now we’ve been invited to the Without Frontiers Youth Festival in Rotzanystok, Poland. We’ll be joining group of young people from India, Mongolia, South Korea and Japan as well as from Finland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus. It just shows how far our young people have come. And what a responsibility for them: to show the world that something positive comes out of North Staffordshire, however difficult the circumstances”

Get Up Get Out Get In Helping participants overcome barriers to success and positive living, combating negative ways thinking and develop mechanisms for future success.

It’s certainly a long way from being homeless in Stoke-on-Trent.

Chapter 2 Participants will explore their own characters, the role they play in everyday life, their skills and what the next chapter in their lives could be. Next Chapter A chance for those who have participated in a CHAPTER 2 project to develop skills and identify pathways to a positive future.

Model Citizens Us How do you get involved with the ‘BIG SOCIETY’ and what does it means to be a citizen? An opportunity to find ways of having a positive impact in the community, and to discover individual energies and creativity.

VOLUNTEERING COMMUNITIES – CONNECTED COMMUNITIES A research project with Keele University exploring the role of volunteering in communities.

WHERE,WHERE,WHERE DELILAH A play by a former Chapter 2 participant about football and what can happen when Delilah goes missing.

FESTIWAL MLODZIEZY BEZ GRANIC Young People’s Theatre Company has been invited to Rozanystok, Poland to take part in the annual Without Frontiers Youth Festival.The group will have the chance to meet youth from other countries and to share ideas and theatre skills. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Young People’s Theatre Company will be presenting their interpretation of the Shakespeare classic

For further information, contact Borderlines on 01782 381368. Email amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk

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BENEFITS FOR BUSINESS FRIENDS

• promote your business • entertain clients • reward staff • support your outstanding local theatre

FOUNDER MEMBERS The Dudson Group

Dean Statham

Hanley Economic Building Society

To become a New Vic Business Friend and to find out more about the benefits, contact: Fiona Wallace Executive Director New Vic Theatre Tel: 01782 717954 email: fwallace@newvictheatre.org.uk

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New Vic Business Friends High profile sponsorship – just £100 per month

The New Vic is Staffordshire’s award-winning producing theatre. This means that we design, build, direct and present major professional productions here at our unique theatre-in-the-round.

We have deep roots in the local community. Some 150,000 visitors every year come from Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and beyond. And we have award-winning education and community programmes involving more than 10,000 local people every year. Your organisation’s sponsorship as a member of New Vic Business Friends will demonstrate your support for the New Vic’s work to these tens of thousands of customers and supporters; enabling you to benefit from an association with an international-class arts organisation and with the community that we serve. As a Business Friend, your company will enjoy branding opportunities in the theatre building and in our widely distributed publicity materials. Networking, complimentary tickets and hospitality are additional benefits. All sponsorship income from Business Friends goes directly into supporting the plays and concerts we present on our stage and our award-winning community programmes.

Props & Costume Hire at the New Vic

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The New Vic Theatre houses an extensive collection of costumes, furniture and props from past productions.

Most of what appears on the New Vic stage is created by our in-house craft departments. And working in the round means that attention to detail is paramount.That’s why props and costume, be it Sweeney Todd’s barber’s chair or the impressive gowns of 18th Century Paris, are often the stars of the show.

We welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to hire New Vic props, furniture or costumes – other theatres, film and television companies, amateur societies and educational organisations throughout the UK and worldwide.

To find out more, contact the relevant team: Costume: Costume Supervisor Pat Blenkarn on 01782 381365 or email pblenkarn@newvictheatre.org.uk Props and furniture: New Vic Props Hire on 01782 381361 or email propshire@newvictheatre.org.uk Sorry, our props and costumes cannot be hired for fancy dress or parties!

Spoil yourself ! theatre

restaurant

Home-made food at value for money prices.

Enjoy lunch or a pre-show meal with friends. Have a drink at the bar. Or simply spoil yourself with a cuppa and a delicious cake. If you’re coming for a pre-show dinner, why not call 01782 717954 ext. 325 and reserve a table?

Snacks - 10am - ’til 3.30pm Lunch - Noon ’til 2pm Closed - 3.30pm - 5.30pm Dinner - 5.30pm - 7.30pm Beverages - 5.30pm ’til interval (Bar ’til 11pm)

Tableware generously supplied by

Wherever possible, the New Vic uses local produce and ingredients.

drink

Avoid the drinks rush! Pre-order drinks using the interval slips provided at the bar.


BENEFITS FOR BUSINESS FRIENDS

• promote your business • entertain clients • reward staff • support your outstanding local theatre

FOUNDER MEMBERS The Dudson Group

Dean Statham

Hanley Economic Building Society

To become a New Vic Business Friend and to find out more about the benefits, contact: Fiona Wallace Executive Director New Vic Theatre Tel: 01782 717954 email: fwallace@newvictheatre.org.uk

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New Vic Business Friends High profile sponsorship – just £100 per month

The New Vic is Staffordshire’s award-winning producing theatre. This means that we design, build, direct and present major professional productions here at our unique theatre-in-the-round.

We have deep roots in the local community. Some 150,000 visitors every year come from Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire and beyond. And we have award-winning education and community programmes involving more than 10,000 local people every year. Your organisation’s sponsorship as a member of New Vic Business Friends will demonstrate your support for the New Vic’s work to these tens of thousands of customers and supporters; enabling you to benefit from an association with an international-class arts organisation and with the community that we serve. As a Business Friend, your company will enjoy branding opportunities in the theatre building and in our widely distributed publicity materials. Networking, complimentary tickets and hospitality are additional benefits. All sponsorship income from Business Friends goes directly into supporting the plays and concerts we present on our stage and our award-winning community programmes.

Props & Costume Hire at the New Vic

Information

23/2/12

Community - Business Friends

Summer2012MagArt:Layout 1

The New Vic Theatre houses an extensive collection of costumes, furniture and props from past productions.

Most of what appears on the New Vic stage is created by our in-house craft departments. And working in the round means that attention to detail is paramount.That’s why props and costume, be it Sweeney Todd’s barber’s chair or the impressive gowns of 18th Century Paris, are often the stars of the show.

We welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to hire New Vic props, furniture or costumes – other theatres, film and television companies, amateur societies and educational organisations throughout the UK and worldwide.

To find out more, contact the relevant team: Costume: Costume Supervisor Pat Blenkarn on 01782 381365 or email pblenkarn@newvictheatre.org.uk Props and furniture: New Vic Props Hire on 01782 381361 or email propshire@newvictheatre.org.uk Sorry, our props and costumes cannot be hired for fancy dress or parties!

Spoil yourself ! theatre

restaurant

Home-made food at value for money prices.

Enjoy lunch or a pre-show meal with friends. Have a drink at the bar. Or simply spoil yourself with a cuppa and a delicious cake. If you’re coming for a pre-show dinner, why not call 01782 717954 ext. 325 and reserve a table?

Snacks - 10am - ’til 3.30pm Lunch - Noon ’til 2pm Closed - 3.30pm - 5.30pm Dinner - 5.30pm - 7.30pm Beverages - 5.30pm ’til interval (Bar ’til 11pm)

Tableware generously supplied by

Wherever possible, the New Vic uses local produce and ingredients.

drink

Avoid the drinks rush! Pre-order drinks using the interval slips provided at the bar.


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We’ve got 50 free tickets to give away for every New Vic production to people under 26. That’s right, they’re free! Not only that, when all the free tickets have gone, you can still get a ticket for just £7.50.

Free tickets are available on a first come first served basis only. So make sure to book soon!

Call our Box Office to find out more: 01782 717962 Or, visit us online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk

The small print! Under 26 Go Free tickets available for Mon – Fri performances of designated productions only; only two tickets per booking; an address and email address needs to be provided to claim free tickets (don’t worry, we will never pass your address to any other organisation); sorry, but only one pair of free tickets per season can be booked

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Bookings Access Concessions Bookings

In Person Box Office open Mon - Sat 10.00am to start of performance. Closes 6pm on non-performance nights. By Phone 24 hour booking service - 01782 717962 (answerphone out of Box Office hours). By Post Cheques payable to New Vic Theatre (cheque guarantee card number & expiry date on reverse), include SAE and send to: New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-underLyme, Staffs, ST5 0JG. By Credit / Debit Card Quote number by telephone; show card on collection. Tickets booked by credit card are guaranteed sold and can be collected at any time or posted to you for 60p. Reservations held for 3 working days or 1 hr before performance whichever is earliest. We no longer accept Electron, Amex or Diners cards. Online Book online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk (£1 booking fee per ticket.) Exchanging Tickets We are sorry that no refunds can be made. 50p per ticket to exchange for another performance of same production - at least 3 days prior to date of original performance. Service free for package buyers.

New Vic Value

Groups & Schools Groups of ten or more £2.00 off top two price bands for New Vic productions unless otherwise stated. School groups £9.50 any seat, any performance, unless otherwise stated.

First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions).

Content

Loan copies of play scripts available from the Box Office on request.

Productions may contain strong language and difficult content. Please check with Box Office prior to booking.

Tickets £9.50 Mon – Thurs; £12.00 Fri; and £14.00 Sat (A Christmas Carol £12.00); lowest advertised price less £2.00 concession (if available) for all other events.

Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

A Companion ticket at lowest advertised price (less concession if eligible) per disabled patron.

Late Admissions

The New Vic reserves the right to vary the advertised programme and facilities if necessary and apologises for any inconvenience. E & OE

Access

Committed to providing access to the arts for all. U16s Go Free For nominated events, an under 16 admitted free with an adult paying full or concessionary price. See page 48 for details. Some events have adult content. Check when booking. Disabled Patrons Free parking close to entrance (please call to reserve a space), automatic doors, lift to 1st floor, ramped access to auditorium, disabled toilets. Magnetic induction loop in auditorium (not available for amplified performances). Infra-red assisted hearing system. Captioned Performances for New Vic Productions.

Audio Described Performances for New Vic Productions (please book min. 3 days in advance). Large-print cast sheets available on request. Guide dogs welcome.

A free Carer’s ticket for patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. Concessions* £2.00 off ticket prices for all New Vic productions for the following: Children / Full Time Students / Over 60s / People in Receipt of Means-Tested Benefits / Disabled Patrons In addition, if you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Social Fund, tickets are only £1.50 for Monday and Tuesday performances of New Vic productions**. *Conditions All concessionary tickets subject to availability; only one discount per ticket; proof of status may be required; no concessions for matinees or Saturday performances unless otherwise stated. **Maximum 2 tickets per person.

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We’ve got 50 free tickets to give away for every New Vic production to people under 26. That’s right, they’re free! Not only that, when all the free tickets have gone, you can still get a ticket for just £7.50.

Free tickets are available on a first come first served basis only. So make sure to book soon!

Call our Box Office to find out more: 01782 717962 Or, visit us online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk

The small print! Under 26 Go Free tickets available for Mon – Fri performances of designated productions only; only two tickets per booking; an address and email address needs to be provided to claim free tickets (don’t worry, we will never pass your address to any other organisation); sorry, but only one pair of free tickets per season can be booked

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Bookings Access Concessions Bookings

In Person Box Office open Mon - Sat 10.00am to start of performance. Closes 6pm on non-performance nights. By Phone 24 hour booking service - 01782 717962 (answerphone out of Box Office hours). By Post Cheques payable to New Vic Theatre (cheque guarantee card number & expiry date on reverse), include SAE and send to: New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-underLyme, Staffs, ST5 0JG. By Credit / Debit Card Quote number by telephone; show card on collection. Tickets booked by credit card are guaranteed sold and can be collected at any time or posted to you for 60p. Reservations held for 3 working days or 1 hr before performance whichever is earliest. We no longer accept Electron, Amex or Diners cards. Online Book online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk (£1 booking fee per ticket.) Exchanging Tickets We are sorry that no refunds can be made. 50p per ticket to exchange for another performance of same production - at least 3 days prior to date of original performance. Service free for package buyers.

New Vic Value

Groups & Schools Groups of ten or more £2.00 off top two price bands for New Vic productions unless otherwise stated. School groups £9.50 any seat, any performance, unless otherwise stated.

First Night Fever All seats £13.50 (no concessions).

Content

Loan copies of play scripts available from the Box Office on request.

Productions may contain strong language and difficult content. Please check with Box Office prior to booking.

Tickets £9.50 Mon – Thurs; £12.00 Fri; and £14.00 Sat (A Christmas Carol £12.00); lowest advertised price less £2.00 concession (if available) for all other events.

Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

A Companion ticket at lowest advertised price (less concession if eligible) per disabled patron.

Late Admissions

The New Vic reserves the right to vary the advertised programme and facilities if necessary and apologises for any inconvenience. E & OE

Access

Committed to providing access to the arts for all. U16s Go Free For nominated events, an under 16 admitted free with an adult paying full or concessionary price. See page 48 for details. Some events have adult content. Check when booking. Disabled Patrons Free parking close to entrance (please call to reserve a space), automatic doors, lift to 1st floor, ramped access to auditorium, disabled toilets. Magnetic induction loop in auditorium (not available for amplified performances). Infra-red assisted hearing system. Captioned Performances for New Vic Productions.

Audio Described Performances for New Vic Productions (please book min. 3 days in advance). Large-print cast sheets available on request. Guide dogs welcome.

A free Carer’s ticket for patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. Concessions* £2.00 off ticket prices for all New Vic productions for the following: Children / Full Time Students / Over 60s / People in Receipt of Means-Tested Benefits / Disabled Patrons In addition, if you are in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Social Fund, tickets are only £1.50 for Monday and Tuesday performances of New Vic productions**. *Conditions All concessionary tickets subject to availability; only one discount per ticket; proof of status may be required; no concessions for matinees or Saturday performances unless otherwise stated. **Maximum 2 tickets per person.

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Ticket prices Where Have I Been All My Life, Roots, Far From The Madding Crowd, Equus, Sabbat, A Fine Bright Day Today Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Mon - Thurs Full Price Concessions Fri & Sat Eve Full Price Concessions* Matinees Full Price Concessions F N Fever all seats Groups (10+) Schools groups

£11.50 £9.50

£14.00 £12.00

£16.50 £14.50 £18.00 £16.00

£10.50 £10.50 £8.50 £8.50 £13.50 (no concessions) N/A £2.00 off £9.50 £9.50

Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night

£18.00 £16.00

£19.50 £17.50

£10.50 £8.50

£2.00 off £9.50

Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Mon - Thurs Full Price Concessions Fri & Sat Eve Full Price Concessions* F N Fever all seats Groups (10+)

£14.50 £12.50

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£16.50 £14.50

£16.00 £18.00 £14.00 £16.00 £13.50 (no concessions) N/A £2.00 off

A Christmas Carol

£18.00 £16.00

£19.50 £17.50

£2.00 off

Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Family perf Full Price £14.00 £19.50 £21.00 Concessions £12.00 £17.50 £19.00 Child Group N/A £13.00 £13.00 Groups (10+) N/A £2.00 off £2.00 off Family of 4 £60.00(must include one adult and one child) Schools’ perf Full Price £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 Concessions £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Child Group £9.50 £9.50 £9.50

* Fridays only

April Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tues 10 Weds 11 Thurs 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Mon 16 Tues 17 Weds18 Thurs 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Mon 23 Tues 24 Weds 25 Thurs 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 May Fri 4 Sat 5

Theatre closed Where Have I Been All My Life? Theatre closed Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Wicked Women Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? 2.15 Lawson Trio Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? 2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Burn 7.30 Burn 7.30 Craft Fair from 10.00 am Mon 7 Theatre closed Tues 8 Roots 7.30 Weds 9 Roots 7.30 Thurs 10 Roots 7.30 Fri 11 Roots 7.30 Sat 12 Roots 2.15 7.30 Craft Fair from 10.00 am Fri 18 Far From the Madding Crowd 7.30 Sat 19 Far From the Madding Crowd 7.30

Price band map

Sat 19 Mon 21 Tues 22 Weds 23 Thurs 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Mon 28 Tues 29 Weds 30 Thurs 31 June Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tues 5 Weds 6 Thurs 7 Fri 8 Sat 9 Tues 12 Weds 13 Thurs 14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Mon 18 Tues 19 Weds 20 Thurs 21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Tues 26 Weds 27

NoFit State Circus (Lyme Valley Park) Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Back to Basie Far From the Madding Crowd

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Theatre closed Theatre closed Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Sabbat Sabbat

7.30 7.30

2.15

2.15

2.15

2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Thurs 28 Fri 29 Sat 30 July Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tues 10 Thurs 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Mon 16 Tues 17 Weds 18 Thurs 19 Fri 20 Sat 21

Sabbat Sabbat Sabbat A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today Ludwig Trio A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today Foley (Studio) A Fine Bright Day Today Foley (Studio)

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2.15

August Mon 20 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Tues 21 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Weds 22 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Thurs 23 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Fri 24 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Sat 25 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Mon 27 Theatre closed Tues 28 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Weds 29 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Thurs 30 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Fri 31 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night September Sat 1 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night

Talkback

First Night Fever

Rows A & part G Row B & part G Rows C – F

2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.45 7.30 7.45 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Captioned Performances

Audio Described Performances

Calendar

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Ticket prices Where Have I Been All My Life, Roots, Far From The Madding Crowd, Equus, Sabbat, A Fine Bright Day Today Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Mon - Thurs Full Price Concessions Fri & Sat Eve Full Price Concessions* Matinees Full Price Concessions F N Fever all seats Groups (10+) Schools groups

£11.50 £9.50

£14.00 £12.00

£16.50 £14.50 £18.00 £16.00

£10.50 £10.50 £8.50 £8.50 £13.50 (no concessions) N/A £2.00 off £9.50 £9.50

Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night

£18.00 £16.00

£19.50 £17.50

£10.50 £8.50

£2.00 off £9.50

Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Mon - Thurs Full Price Concessions Fri & Sat Eve Full Price Concessions* F N Fever all seats Groups (10+)

£14.50 £12.50

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£16.50 £14.50

£16.00 £18.00 £14.00 £16.00 £13.50 (no concessions) N/A £2.00 off

A Christmas Carol

£18.00 £16.00

£19.50 £17.50

£2.00 off

Row A&PartG Row B&PartG Rows C-F Balcony

Family perf Full Price £14.00 £19.50 £21.00 Concessions £12.00 £17.50 £19.00 Child Group N/A £13.00 £13.00 Groups (10+) N/A £2.00 off £2.00 off Family of 4 £60.00(must include one adult and one child) Schools’ perf Full Price £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 Concessions £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 Child Group £9.50 £9.50 £9.50

* Fridays only

April Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tues 10 Weds 11 Thurs 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Mon 16 Tues 17 Weds18 Thurs 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Mon 23 Tues 24 Weds 25 Thurs 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 May Fri 4 Sat 5

Theatre closed Where Have I Been All My Life? Theatre closed Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Wicked Women Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? 2.15 Lawson Trio Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? Where Have I Been All My Life? 2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Burn 7.30 Burn 7.30 Craft Fair from 10.00 am Mon 7 Theatre closed Tues 8 Roots 7.30 Weds 9 Roots 7.30 Thurs 10 Roots 7.30 Fri 11 Roots 7.30 Sat 12 Roots 2.15 7.30 Craft Fair from 10.00 am Fri 18 Far From the Madding Crowd 7.30 Sat 19 Far From the Madding Crowd 7.30

Price band map

Sat 19 Mon 21 Tues 22 Weds 23 Thurs 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Mon 28 Tues 29 Weds 30 Thurs 31 June Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tues 5 Weds 6 Thurs 7 Fri 8 Sat 9 Tues 12 Weds 13 Thurs 14 Fri 15 Sat 16 Mon 18 Tues 19 Weds 20 Thurs 21 Fri 22 Sat 23 Tues 26 Weds 27

NoFit State Circus (Lyme Valley Park) Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Jo Caulfield & Henning Wehn Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Back to Basie Far From the Madding Crowd

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Theatre closed Theatre closed Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Far From the Madding Crowd Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Equus Sabbat Sabbat

7.30 7.30

2.15

2.15

2.15

2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Thurs 28 Fri 29 Sat 30 July Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tues 10 Thurs 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Mon 16 Tues 17 Weds 18 Thurs 19 Fri 20 Sat 21

Sabbat Sabbat Sabbat A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today Ludwig Trio A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today A Fine Bright Day Today Foley (Studio) A Fine Bright Day Today Foley (Studio)

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2.15

2.15

August Mon 20 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Tues 21 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Weds 22 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Thurs 23 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Fri 24 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Sat 25 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Mon 27 Theatre closed Tues 28 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Weds 29 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Thurs 30 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night Fri 31 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night September Sat 1 Uncle Eric’s Hard Day’s Night

Talkback

First Night Fever

Rows A & part G Row B & part G Rows C – F

2.15

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.45 7.30 7.45 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

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How to get here Bus

Bus stop outside theatre 34 & 34A: Newcastle & Hanley.

Rail

The nearest station is Stoke-on-Trent. Connections to Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Stafford, Crewe. Enquiries: 08457 484950

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Parking

here

Disabled

Please contact Box Office to arrange reserved, free parking

Coach / Minibus

Please contact Box Office to arrange reserved, free parking

Car

£1 (free before 6.30pm and for four-in-a-car). Theatre is in residential area. Use car parks indicated. Theatre car park can be full at busy times! Leave time to use alternative parking approx 500 yards from theatre (see map). Cars parked at owners’ risk. N.B. don’t park at Polite Vicar wheel-clamping in force!

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