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The Week Ahead

Kenneth Michaels is to direct a rehearsed reading of Paul Vincent Carroll’s classic Irish play about the clerical abuse of power: The White Steed. The performance for North London Actors is on Monday 23 July, 7.30 at Courtyard Theatre, Old Street.

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Richard Ward will be appearing in No Man Is An Island by Richard Mitchell at the Old Fire Station in Oxford from 29th August to 1st September.

£16 (concs £10)

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Jane Walker’s play Family Values will feature in 600 Seconds: Conflict!, an evening of script-in-hand performances at the Sydenham Centre on Saturday 28th July.

£10 (concs £8)

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Stephen Omer is playing Mr Boot in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Barn Theatre, Cirencester.

Olivier award winner for Best Comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the heartwarming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers of old brings her into the spotlight. Pushed by a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother and her equally unappealing talent agent boyfriend, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world

7 July to 4 August

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Rosalind Adler’s novella Number Seven is now for sale as an ebook


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Terry Perkins writes:

I am playing the Porter and also a waiter in A Servant to Two Masters at Harlow Playhouse for one night only Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 7:30pm we are then performing at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July.

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Terry Perkins plays a Hunter in The Hunted Experience, based on the Channel 4 TV show The Hunted, at a secret location in East London from 19th May to 2nd September on Saturdays and Sundays.

Could you go on the run? Change your habits? Change your appearance? How would you evade capture? In a world in which your every move is tracked and your every decision monitored, could you avoid being caught?

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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

Tom Jensen’s 10-minute play Elevator Pitch, first read at AWL, will be performed by Get Over It Productions in an evening of new writing at the Tabard Theatre on 1st August.

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Lee Peck’s next big project is a UK Tour of The Hound of The Baskervilles with Illyria, from 3rd August to 7th September, ranging from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Penzance. He will be playing a multitude of roles, including Jack Stapleton and Dr John Mortimer.

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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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Sally Sheringham’s play about suffragettes, The Sound of Breaking Glass, which was first read at AWL, and then toured schools with an AWL cast and Kate Glover as director, will be performed by Harrogate Dramatic Society at Harrogate Theatre (Studio) in N. Yorks from Tuesday October 23 to Saturday October 27; includes a matinee on Saturday.

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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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Julia Haythorn writes:

I am doing a qualification to become an executive coach certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). As part of the training, I have to do a certain number of coaching hours and so I am looking for people to coach. As I’m keen to build up my hours, I am offering this to AWL members for free for a limited time. Coaching is for everyone (not just executives!) Coaching would certainly be useful for people who want to develop their careers, or are feeling there are areas of their professional or personal life that would benefit from change. The great thing about coaching, is that it can be done face to face, or over the phone or via Skype - so people don’t even have to be London based to take up the offer. It is also completely confidential.

In each meeting you choose the focus of conversation while I listen and contribute observations and questions. Coaching accelerates your progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where you are today and what you are willing to do to get to where you want to be tomorrow and what is holding you back from getting more of what you truly want.

Please get in touch if you would like some more information about what coaching involves or if you want to take up this offer which expires at the end of April 2018. I’d love to hear from you.

07710 124670

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


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