The Community Play

Martyrs: A Community Play for Newbury was the first production by Newbury Community Theatre Society
specially written for the society by Christine West 

Read All About Martyrs A Community Play for Newbury

Between November 1982 and June 1984 (when it was performed) over 1,000 local people aged from a few months to well into their 80's took part in the play and associated events. 

NEWS: DVD Screening:

New Era Players will be screening the DVD on Friday 1st April at 7:30 pm.  This is a ticket only event and is likely to sell out quickly.  Tickets cost £5.  To book tickets and get directions call New Era Box Office on: 07919 916009

Here are some of Geoff Fletcher's production photographs:

The Programme Cover 

Martyrs in Church


Costume department



The Drummers

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Palmer about to be arrested in Reading

The first committee meeting in 1983

Would you like a copy of the newly enhanced DVD?

Tim Paine of ECP Video is producing an enhanced copy from the original masters and this is available to purchase.  Copies cost £10 plus postage and packing.  

 To register for a copy email your contact details.

Watch some of the clips in our Teaching Resources section


Taken for Trial at the church



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