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The Week Ahead

Susan Casanove and Peter Saracen will be appearing in 6x10, performed readings of six short plays at the Antelope Pub in Tooting, 7.30pm, Friday 22nd September. Written by Liam O’Grady and Wally Sewell, directed by Lucy Appleby.

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Simone Vause is character coach and co-director of Lights of London’s production of Othello at the Moors Theatre, Crouch End. Gareth Pilkington plays Brabanzio.

25 September to 29 September

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Tom Jensen’s short play Elevator Pitch, first read at AWL, will be performed among the Top 40 plays in the Short+Sweet festival, Manila, 15th September to 1st October 2017.

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Edmund Dehn will be playing Ernest Hemingway in Rolf Hochhuth’s Death of a Hunter at the Theater Auf’m Kahn in central Berlin. This will be the world premiere of a brand new translation by Peter Sutton and directed by Anthony Shrubsall. Preview (of a 15 minute excerpt) on 2nd Sept. World premiere on 21st Sept & performances on 22nd to 24th Sept & 28th to 30th Sept.

Tony Parkin plays Dr Rodrigo de Lopez in the Documentary with Narrative series Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Agents. Three episodes to be shown on BBC2.

September 2017

Further Events in the Month Ahead

North London Actors’ new writing showcase involves AWLies too many to mention: more than 40, says Gareth, as writers, directors and actors. Park Theatre 3rd October.

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David Shirreff’s expanded Brexodus! The Musical (son of Brexit the Musical), directed by Lucy Appleby, will be returning to the OSO in Barnes, where it all started, from 2nd to 7th October.

£14 (concs £12) - £15 on the door

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Kenneth Michaels is directing three new shows for White Horse Theatre (Europe’s largest educational theatre company).

The productions will tour Germany and several other countries until July 2018.

The shows include a new musical, Lip Gloss, and two plays, Move to Junk and the children’s show Fear in the Forest.

Teresa Jennings returns to her role for three further performances in Talking Birds’ production of Disorder Contained at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.

A theatrical examination of madness, prisons and solitary confinement in a historical context, with great contemporary resonance.

9th October 7.45 and 10th October 2.30 & 7.45

£9 (concs £4.50)

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North London Actors’ celebrates its tenth anniversary with a semi-staged, script-in-hand performance of BeaumarchaisThe Marriage of Figaro, directed by Monty Holender. It’s a largely AWL cast, including: Eleanor Caird Rhodes, Susan Casanove, Michael Duran, Andrew Loudon, Hayward B. Morse, Neele Pels, Gareth Pilkington & Nicola Scott. 17th October, Park Theatre, 7pm.

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Future Plans

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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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.

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

Opportunities

Masterclass aims to offer young people between 17-30, exceptional creative opportunities and experiences with leaders of the theatre industry. A year-round programme of talks, workshops, special projects and career advice is intended to give people insight into all aspects of theatre from writing and directing to acting and producing. Masterclass strives to provide all the events for free, so that people of all abilities, status and background can be inspired by and learn from masters of the craft.

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