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Governor’s House in Newark kicks off rural run of taking plays to the countryside

A scheme to take live theatre into rural communities has begun its tour in Newark at the Governor’s House.

More than 50 people watched the play “Once Upon A Bridge”.

The drama, a three-hander by Sonya Kelly, captures a worldwide story about the “Putney Pusher”.


In 2017 a woman was walking across the London bridge and is caught on CCTV being pushed into the road by a jogger.

A bus avoids running over the woman by inches.

The jogger carried on without glancing backwards.

He even ran past the emergency scene on the return leg of his jog without stopping.

Despite the incident being filmed and going viral the runner was never caught.

The police eventually dropped the investigation.

The Newark performance was the first after a three-week run at The Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.

Director B Anthony said:

“Whenever we take a live performance to rural venues, the audiences are so appreciative as many don’t have regular access to theatre.

“It also gives the actors and technicians wider experience as they deal with the range of venues and playing conditions.”

At The Governor’s House – a Grade 1 listed building Newark’s Market Place – the cast delivered a polished performance and captured the audience with its storytelling portrayal of the three characters.







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