The Watermill Theatre will bring drama, music and storytelling to Newbury town centre on Saturday with Newbury Yarns, a free promenade theatre event suitable for families.
Beginning at the Clock Tower and moving through the town to finish at the Market Place, the performance will blend drama, comedy, storytelling, traditional folk music and brand-new songs, to bring local history vividly to life.
From Jack of Newbury’s daring exploits to the Combe Gibbet Executions and the Civil War witch, Newbury Yarns reimagines local legends and historical events, often in the very spot where they happened.
Told from the perspective of two ghostly actors from the now-demolished Pelican Lane Theatre, each tale stands alone, and audience members can join at any point. For those who follow the complete journey however, a tale emerges in which the mystery behind Newbury’s lost theatre is revealed.
Newbury Yarns is written by The Watermill’s playwright in residence, Danielle Pearson.
Danielle is a local writer, whose recent credits include Ann Veronica (Watermill Senior Youth Theatre), New Europe (Camden People’s Theatre), Tabitha’s Ballad (South Street Arts Centre, Reading) and The Shipping Forecast (Pleasance Theatre Scratch). She is the winner of the 2017 EU Collective Plays Competition, and a member of the Royal Court Writer’s Group.
Newbury Yarns will be performed by a cast of two with Oliver Izod playing James Joseph Burton and Scarlet Wilderink as Annie Rivers.
Oliver has performed at The Watermill in hit Christmas shows Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Scarlet made her debut at The Watermill last year in Watership Down, an adaptation of Richard Adams’ adventure story.
Newbury Yarns take place twice on Saturday – at 11.30am and 3pm. It is free.