Christmas at Newton Park | With OnSet Productions for Bath Spa Live and Bath Spa University
This immersive performance invites you to explore the grand rooms and hallways of Newton Park, seeing three centuries of turbulent history come to life before your eyes. From its inception in 1760, through two world wars, right up to its conversion into a nation-leading teacher training college in 1945, this atmospheric theatrical tour will have you tip-toeing from room to room, seeing and hearing the ghosts of the past first hand.
SPECIFIQ was commissioned by Bath Spa University to create a new piece of theatre celebrating the history of Newton Park, a Georgian Mansion at the heart of the university campus. Featuring a cast of 28 third-year acting students, the piece led audiences on a multi-stranded journey through the site, which is usually used as offices and closed to the public. The production ran for eight sold-out performances in December 2016.
Christmas at Newton Park was presented by SPECIFIQ, commissioned by On Set Productions, in association with Bath Spa Live and Bath Spa University.
Louise Ann Limb
Director: Oscar Blustin
Writers: Emily Jenkins, Adam Usden & Oscar Blustin
Assistant Director: Tobias Deacon
Production Manager: Becky Brown
Production Photography: Nick Spratling
For On Set Productions
Producer: Kerry Irvine
Production Supervisor: Katherine Montagu
Costume Designer: Caroline Francis
AV and Exterior Lights Supervisor: Rob Sayer
Interior Lighting and Sound Supervisor: Jon Grant
'This is a refreshing and engaging production...the expert direction and use of space from director Oscar Blustin created a whirling world to travel to and from the different areas. The costumes and styling was immaculate and exiting to carols from the staircase was atmospheric with a huge feeling of optimism for both the characters and the talented young cast. The stories had clearly been well researched and the planning of the whole production was impressive.' - Petra Schofield, Bath Chronicle