What's On?


23rd November

compiled by
Newbury & District
Arts Association
The Heiress

  28 Nov - 8 Dec

The Heiress


Is it possible to combine wealth and love?

The Tony award-winning play The Heiress, was the first full length production by New Era Players in our Wash Common theatre, 40 years ago.  It is set in 19th century New York and revolves around the wealthy Sloper family who live in the much sought- after New York address of Washington Square, New York.

The story has at its heart the character of Catherine, the heiress of the title, who has money of her own and will inherit another fortune on her father's death. She meets Morris, a charming, articulate young man who persuades her that he has fallen in love with her and wishes to marry her. 

We are very lucky to have a link back to our original production in Marie Jacobs, who played Catherine 40 years ago and is playing Mrs Penniman in this production.



Continuing this week

Julian Trevelayn

  7 Nov - 21 Dec

Julian Trevelayn

A Magician for his Time

Wed-Sat: 10-4pm

Bohun Gallery's superb collection of paintings, collage and etchings explores the diversity and development of this pioneering artist throughout the 20th century. One of the key works in this selling show is 'Tisbury', a collage dated 1937. The 1930s were fertile years for the young Trevelyan who had benefitted from three years spent at Stanley Hayter's printing studio, Atelier 17, in Paris where he met Klee, Picasso and Miro. It was in this atmosphere that he turned to Surrealism and became a founding member of the British Surrealist Group whilst also becoming involved with the Mass Observation Group. Very few remain, but Trevelyan's collages from his involvement with Mass Observation are regarded as a critical part of his development bringing together so many strands of his artistic development during the 1930s.

Bohun Gallery's show includes a number of early oil paintings depicting the views from his home and studio at Durham Wharf on the banks of the London Thames, which became home to Trevelyan and his wife Mary Fedden in 1951. The Wharf became an important focus for London's artistic circles of the time and provided continued artistic inspiration for Trevelyan until his death in 1988. A particularly charming painting dated 1967 depicts the gardens at Durham Wharf, with one of Julian?s beloved cats staring out at us distant views of a Tug boat on the Thames beyond.

Director of Bohun Gallery, Patricia Jordan-Evans first met Julian in 1982 at Durham Wharf and there began a long and happy working relationship. Her words, taken from the Catalogue Raisonne of Trevleyan's etchings, best describe the enchanting and captivating qualities of this pioneering artist:

'I have always found that to be surrounded by Julian Trevelyan's images was a magical experience which has not diminished with time. His work was unlike that of any other artist I knew. Full of ingenuity and insight, it had an unmistakable quirky humour. Julian's images offered me a world of real originality, of spatial paradox and a delicious, intelligent simplicity devoid of cynicism.  His profound vision has resulted in a series of unique achievements which include a wonderful body of paintings, collages and etchings. In the poet Kathleen Raine's words, he was truly:

'a Magician for his time and generation - he was our Enchanter'

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council