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The Week Ahead

Anthony Shrubsall directs a revival of The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure. This is prior to a short residency at the Old Joint Stock Theatre Birmingham which is already sold out.

@ The RACC Theatre, Parkshot, Richmond on the 20th & 21st January 2018, 4pm & 7:30pm shows on both days.

£15, including a free gin & tonic

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Teresa Jennings and Mary Drake reprise their roles in Rian Flatley’s Seven Letters at Hampton Hill Theatre: 17th to 20th January at 7.45 pm.


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Edmund Dehn will be filming the role of George in the feature film The Meeting this week. (Director Emre Sen)

Lily Smith will be playing the role of Sarah Jane in the upcoming film Are We Dead Yet

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Maurice Thorogood writes:

AWL writers may be interested to hear about The Brian Way Award, a chance to gain a commission to write a 60-minute play for young people, to be toured nationally in 2019. Brian founded the Theatre Centre in Shoreditch in 1953. He was the first person to offer me a job, acting and directing. The award is made in his memory. The closing date for submissions is 16th February.”

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Cengiz Dervis has just wrapped as the lead in feature film Chasing Ghosts.

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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.

What’s the secret of the Best Christmas? The latest drama is a story told to us in Corby, which we’re delighted to share with you.

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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, returns to The Pheasantry on Monday 29th January.

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)


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Charlotte Jennings’ short play, The Agreement, will be playing at the Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham from Thursday 25th January to Saturday 27th January as part of The Platform, a showcase for new writing.

25 January to 27 January

£9 (concs £8)

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Martin Rossen appears in The Late Marilyn Monroe at The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from 30th January to 3rd February.

A day in the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her final day. This will not be the Marilyn you’ve seen before.

7.45pm plus Saturday matinee 3pm


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Gregory Cox appears in Screaming Secrets, a dark comedy by Alexander Matthews. The production, directed by Jack Klaff, runs from Jan 31st till Feb 24th with weekend matinees at the Tristan Bates Theatre

31 January to 24 February

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, assisted by Katherine Evans. Other AWL members involved are Julia Haythorn, Kenneth Michaels, Susan Casanove, Alexander Jonas, Georgia Riley, Bradley Crees & Michael Duran.

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

£14 (show your AWL membership card for concession £12)

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Keith Warren is leading a 3-hour workshop in the Actors’ Guild Hub at Spotlight on 13th February. Spotlight lists the event as follows:

Following FANTASTIC FEEDBACK from our members we are delighted to welcome back Keith Merrill (that’s Keith Warren to us AWLies).

For beginner and professional singers alike, in this supportive and hands-on workshop, you will discover the legendary singing technique that has empowered countless stars for well over a century.

This schooling is used as the foundation for SLS (Seth Riggs’ Speech Level Singing) in the United States and has influenced the likes of Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Annie Lennox - to name a few.

13th February: 6pm-9pm


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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 backĀ 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.

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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.

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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

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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