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The Week Ahead

The North London Actors showcase at the Courtyard Theatre on 25th September includes plays by AWL members Paul Devaney, Trevor Hartnup, Monty Holender, Sophie Morris-Sheppard, Nicolas Ridley, Wally Sewell, Joy Toperoff & Helen Braithwaite.

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Lost and Found by Martin Szalla and Door to Door by Tom Jensen, both first read at AWL, are among the plays featured in An Evening of Conceptual Absurdity, to be staged at Finchley Youth Theatre (Sundays 30/9, 7/10 & 14/10 at 7.00) and the Hen & Chickens (Monday 15/10 at 7.00).

Further shows in November and December will feature plays by Wally Sewell, Charlotte Jennings, Frank Mariani and Liam O’Grady.

£10 (concs £8) plus booking fee £0.75

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Stephanie Connell will be playing Marjorie in Living the Drama’s Care Home tour of Go for it, Girl! during the month of September. Carolyn Lloyd-Davies and Stephanie are delighted to have been awarded a small grant towards their tour from Oxford City Culture Fund!

... and Stephanie wrote (on 5th September) as follows: “just heard we have had our ACE funding application granted for our Care Home tour, so very excited!”

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This week’s edition of the 2020 Visions video blog introduces the characters of the 1980 story: Lucy, and her affair with Alec, aged 60. “I can’t pretend to love you, but you’re not so bad. You’re old enough to be my dad, of course...”

The weekly YouTube blog introduces Paddy Gormley’s play 2020 Visions, which is to be premiered at the OSO in February 2019. Click the website link below for this week’s episode, which features the voices of Rosalind Adler, Andrew Loudon, director Maurice Thorogood and writer Paddy Gormley.

Please help us to promote the project by subscribing to the blog on YouTube and telling anyone and everyone who may be interested.

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Jenny Howe has just finished filming her 20th episode as the Rev Lexy Dunblane (hospital chaplain) for Holby City/Casualty.

Kenneth Michaels is directing three productions in Germany for White Horse Theatre Company this summer: Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, All’s Well That Ends Well, and a new play for younger audiences: The Green Knight. The plays will be on tour in Europe for the next year.

Alice De-Warrenne plays Coco in the first stage adaptation of the CBeebies hit show Bing. Directed by Will Tuckett, Bing Live! will tour theatres across the UK and Ireland until April 2019.

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan.

The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Edmund Dehn writes:

“I will be appearing in Waiting For Hamlet (as Hamlet - senior!) from 4th to 6th October at The Old Court, Windsor SL4 3BL. This is one of the three winning scripts from this year’s Windsor Fringe competition - done as a full production, learned etc! Three plays on each evening - half an hour long each.

“I have been told that friends can get a 20% reduction for the Thurs & Fri ONLY (NOT Sat 6th NB). They can get this by letting me know the day well in advance (ASAP please).”

Lost in the wilderness with only an old fool for company, an exiled king plots to regain his kingdom. There’s only one problem - he’s dead.

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Gareth Pilkington’s play Moments of Truth is being performed at the Courtyard Theatre from 2nd to 6th October. AWL members involved include Penelope Dudley, Laura Fitzpatrick, Samantha Parry. Nathan Cross and Patric Deony. Dimitri Devdariani directs. A special discount will be arranged for AWL members: details to follow.

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Susannah Finzi’s one-act play Baring All will be performed at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, on 17th October at 19.30.

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Future Plans

Robin Marchal’s play, Stunning Meara, will play at Theatre503 on 28th & 29th October: Leonora Fyfe, Laura Fitzpatrick, Olivia Busby & Patrick Lynch, directed by Maurice Thorogood.

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A 15-minute version of Tom Jensen’s short play Mightier than the Sword (first read at AWL) will be performed in The Platform at the Bread & Roses Theatre, Clapham, from 1st to 3rd November.

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Kate Glover’s new docudrama, Dear Chocolate Soldier, based on the letters (1916-1918) of Bombardier Edwin Hassall, which received its premiere performance in Leek, Staffordshire (Hassall’s home town), in May, will run at the OSO Arts Centre from 6th to 10th November. Kenneth Michaels directs and acts in an all-AWL cast, which also includes Simon Brandon.

It is June 1916. A six-year-old girl, Joan Burbridge, watches as her father wraps up a packet of chocolate for the brave soldiers at the front. A thought strikes her: ‘How will the soldier know the chocolate is from me?’ Her father obligingly writes on the packet: ‘From Little Joan, Whiterock, Wadebridge, Cornwall’. Six weeks letter, a green field envelope arrives, addressed to Little Joan. Inside is a letter, the first of many, from Bombardier Edwin Hassall, Royal Artillery, still in the midst of the fighting at the Battle of the Somme.

The story of the letters from The Chocolate Soldier to Little Joan and her father, from the Somme until the Armistice, is told movingly and amusingly, by three actors, in a cabaret style performance with poetry and popular songs from the period.

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Lee Peck will be playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead from 15th December to 1st January.

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Rosalind Adler writes...

Four-Play four of my short plays with four amazing actors (including me!) will have a three-week run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in December. More details nearer the time.

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Olivia Busby stars in Paddy Gormley’s verse play 2020 Visions at the OSO in Barnes: 12th - 16th February 2019.

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Services

Bronwyn Baud is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has been for almost 20 years.

Sessions are normally £35. Bronwyn is offering a 20% discount to AWL Members for 5 sessions, thereafter 10%.

People use the Technique for a wide range of reasons, including preventing injury in music, drama and sport, enhancing business and presentation skills, developing ease and elegance in movement, and supporting pregnancy and childbirth.

To book a lesson or just to find out more about the Technique, call Bronwyn Baud on 07531 447 887 or email her via her AWL page.

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Viv Lake has done quite a bit of research into theatrical and family history and accumulated a lot of information which might prove useful to other AWL members who have been looking into family or theatrical history.

She has lists of information such as stage names and aliases, biogs, obituaries, where they are buried, census returns which mention performers, old theatrical companies and theatres, actor-managers, and photocopies or pdfs of very old playbills, as well as text from theatrical journals and newspapers, most of which are from the Georgian and Victorian eras, and earlier, in Great Britain and America.

If you’re interested in Viv doing just a basic search for free through her files, please speak to her at an AWL meeting, or email her via her AWL page.

Hedley England a director/editor, is offering his services to provide a professional Showreel for AWL members for a reasonable price.

The AWL deal is that actors only pay for the hire of the camera, the price obviously to be agreed upon, and Hedley would give his time free to direct and edit the showreel professionally. He can provide a DVD with a menu, and also work with existing footage.

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Contact Hedley on 07984 616 711

John Melainey has coached audition technique for the last 20 years. It is one of the areas that many actors push to one side and yet it is a vital skill. A good audition technique is the secret to many a successfull acting career. If you feel like you go into an audition and it never seems to go the way you planned or if you leave feeling like you just didn’t do enough, or didn’t have long enough to work on the script, then the chances are that it is your audition process, that is letting you down.

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Stephanie Connell is an award winning web designer who has been creating websites for the past seven years. Each website is handmade and specific to the client’s requirements and is therefore unique. She will guide you through the process and provide design and practical suggestions where necessary. She offers aftercare service which she feels is just as important as the creative process. A discount to AWL Members only.

AWL Members who have had their websites created recently: Carolyn Pertwee, David Hampshire, Julia Haythorn and Hedley England

Opportunities

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