Not So Quiet on the Welsh Front
In 2020 the Reading Fringe went digital and so we suggested adapting 'Lie Back and Think of America' into a radio play, called 'Not so quiet on the Welsh Front'. The Fringe were happy with the idea and we were delighted to be able to be part of the Fringe again that year, after our production 'Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals' had been successful in 2019 Reading Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Meet the cast here. Our as-live premiere was on Saturday 18th July at 2pm. It lasted 1 hour 13 minutes and was followed by a live q and a with the cast. We hope that you will continue to support the Reading Fringe Festival here: https://readingfringefestival.co.uk
Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals
A whole new host of songs for the Reading and Edinburgh Festival Fringes: with Natalie Wilcox, Emily Jane Kerr, Linda Stewart, Carole Sevestre and Sam Coates. Poster and flyers designed by Amelia Foster Kane.
Photo by Clare Allen
Maya & Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals
Front Room Theatre presented 'Maya and Natalie's Marvellous Mishmash of Musicals' at Shrewsbury House on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st March 2014, produced by the team behind 'Lie Back and Think of America', this new show interweaves musical numbers into stories from the lives of performers Maya Levy and Natalie Penn. Accompanied by world class musician Joseph Finlay.
Quality writers, dancers, singers, musicians, actors and visual artists based in the Reading area are joining together this October Sunday 30th at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading UK, to present an evening of entertainment, as a funnier, brighter antidote to the darker side of the Hallowe'en festival.
Meet the cast here
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Photo by Jarl Schmidt
This was originally performed on in December 2015 and subsequently in 2020, followed by a 'songs from the show' performance in January of 2021.
A retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, by Front Room Theatre, with a mix of specially composed music and traditional songs. A moving, exciting, multi-sensory experience, appealing to the senses of sight and sound, and also smell and taste. Licensed bar. Serving mulled wine. Written by Natalie Penn and performed by Natalie Wilcox and Sarah Barrowman.
In 2018, we adapted the script slightly for a read-through at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, performed by Natalie Wilcox and Jim Penn.
In 2019, Natalie Penn re-wrote the script, composed a new song and developed some of the existing music and Carole Sevestre arranged the music. In 2020, with support from Arts Council England, we livestreamed a new performance, directed by Jeremy Stockwell, with Nicole Monique Johnson and Natalie Wilcox.
More information about the original A Christmas Carol cast and crew
Lie Back and Think of America
beautifully-crafted WW2 drama about learning to love yourself
Inspired by the documentary ‘Choc’late Soldiers from the USA’. 'Lie Back and Think of America' is a novelistic, funny, touching, one-woman play about one English family’s life during WW2 and their personal encounter with the effects of segregation and the Visiting Forces Act. Will Sarah find the courage to let GI Joseph know her true self? And if she does, would he still want her? And will her little sister, Lucy, evacuated to Wales escape Mrs Allbright's sharp tongue? Written by Natalie Penn and performed by Natalie Wilcox (BBC's 'Doctors', Athlete's 'Black Swan Song'). 'Compelling and well written' - Soho Theatre
Most recent performance, at Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, March 2019
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(Also performed in French by community participants, as 'Sarah, Joe et la guerre !')
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Lie Back and Think of America Company:
'Wonderful matinee ....- what a treat! A terrifically crafted & sustained piece'. - Tristan Bates Theatre