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The Week Ahead

North London Actors’ last event of 2017 is All Star Night on Tuesday 12th December at Park Theatre, starting at 7pm. The programme is a selection of short plays and individual acts: much of the lighthearted and a little of the more serious. AWL members too many to mention (more than 20) are taking part as writers, directors, actors and organisers.

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Frank Mariani’s short play Trigger will be performed as part of the Five Minute Festival at Stockwell Playhouse.

14th December

£10 (£8 concs)

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Olivia Busby, Stephanie Connell, Carolyn Lloyd-Davies & Gaye Poole are amongst others who are part of Age UK Oxfordshire’s loneliness awareness campaign for older people, especially at Christmas, and will be performing at Bonn Square, Oxford on 16 December, 10am-4pm.

“No one should have no one.”

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Sally Sheringham’s short play Santa Baby, which had its first airing in last December’s AWL competition, has been selected for Play Time: Christmas, a festival of new writing, at The Bunker Theatre in Southwark Street. Eight festive plays with a stand-up comedian as compere.

17 December at 7pm

£12 (concs £10)

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Teresa Jennings plays Mrs Doyle in Father Ted with Laugh Lines: Dec 14th, 15th and 16th: Treacy’s Hotel, Ennis, Ireland

Lee Peck will be playing Abanazar in Aladdin at the Corn Hall Arts Centre, Diss, Norfolk.

16 December to 28 December

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Maurice Thorogood directs this year’s Chequer Mead (East Grinstead) Christmas pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.

16 December to 31 December

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Martin Rossen plays Charlie ‘The Duck’ Clench in One Man, Two Guvnors at The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, from 29th November to 16th December.

Richard Breen’s famous adaption of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (1743) replaces the Italian period setting of the original with Brighton in 1963. This production is directed by Adam Lacey and Karl Steele.


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Victoria Kempton will be appearing in A Time For Departure: three one act plays by Tennessee Williams at Pentameters Theatre, playing Mrs Dull in The Case of the Crushed Petunias and Anna in Summer at the Lake.

28 November to 17 December: Tuesday - Saturday 8.00; Sundays at 4.00.

£13 (£10 concs)

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Lewis Rae plays several parts in the UK premiere of Miracle on 34th Street, a musical radio play based on the 1947 film - with live Foley effects.

When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Santa, his case is taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference.

27 November to 23 December

£18 (concs £16)

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Brian Abbott is the writer for the Parrabbola website,, a monthly series of audio dramas which look at historical events of all kinds, big and small, public and personal, from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

The latest production, The Terrible Affair at Tilbury Fort, October 1776, features the most violent cricket match ever played as witnessed by a very baffled, “Fraightfully Genteel” lady.

Brian’s Sponsorship bumpers for Channel 5 & Channel 5 USA Afternoon Dramas (playing Crazy Golfer MIke) have been revived after their run throughout 2015, and are showing from now through till end of December. And that is an actual real hole-in-one played left-handed!

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Bradley Crees be touring the East Midlands with LADA Productions’ pantomine Sleeping Beauty, multi-roling Prince Charming and Tickles The Jester. “So it’ll be a sweaty one.”

11 November to 23 December

Alice De-Warrenne is touring the United Arab Emirates with Lollipop Theatre’s productions of Jack and the Giant and Santa’s Invitation. The shows are running from 24th October to 17th December.

Ryan Bennett is currently appearing as Bob Crewe (and 1st cover Bob Gaudio) in Jersey Boys the musical on an international tour from September 2017 to September 2018. He will be in China from November through January.

Further Events in the Month Ahead

David Forest’s one-man show, Playing with Myself, is to be included in the 12 Days of Christmas festival at Tristan Bates Theatre.

Singer/songwriter David Forest introduces and performs his own songs at the piano.

“Dear Jeremy Corbyn, though you’re not that way inclined, I think what you need is a gay friend to get you to look more refined.”

“David Forest is like the good bottle of wine that only gets better with time. This is vintage cabaret at its best!” (Cabaret Scenes, May 2017)

22 December at 9pm


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Future Plans

Robin Miller’s farce, Liberty Hall, first read at AWL and recently published by Stagescripts, will receive its premiere production at the OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, in February 2018. The production wil be directed by Maurice Thorogood.

6 February to 10 February at 8pm (additional performance on 10 February at 4pm) 2018

£14 (concs £12)

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Keith Warren has launched a new singing practice: Singing Lessons | UK | The Vocal GP. Keith studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to complete the prestigious postgraduate Music Theatre course at The Royal Academy of Music in London.

“I will demonstrate everything for you, by example - proving the technique with real & tangible results. Total transparency; fully explained. I am dedicated to a school of singing that has been empowering singers for over a century. (The main influence for Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna’s teacher, Seth Riggs) Championed and perfected by the great singing teacher, E. Herbert-Caesari and his colleague, the legendary tenor Beniamino Gigli, this approach provides us a totally natural, healthy, vibrant, beautiful, flexible and utterly sustainable technique that will allow for many years of great singing and pure enjoyment.”

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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.

07531 447 887

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

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


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