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Reetta Hyreen writes:

“Here is information about a monologue-writing competition in one of the small theatre companies I have been involved in the past. Closing date 19th August.”

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Julie Bevan appears in Lucky, the latest official music video of the rock band Two Door Cinema Club, as an elegant lady having a picnic with her three friends while the band entertain them playing their guitars.

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Catherine Harvey’s latest programme in the series Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets was broadcast on Sunday 31st July on BBC Radio 4, and is available until 28th August on BBC Sounds. In this episode she explores the poetry and language of Liverpool.

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Rowland D Hill’s newly published book, ArtReach - 25 Years of Cultural Development, tells the story of the evolution of the company he founded: a major cultural consultancy and creative producer, that has delivered arts festivals across the UK and Europe. There’s quite a lot about fundraising in it, so AWLies who are or seek to be creative producers may find it useful.

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Tom Jensen’s full-length play Headhog, first read at AWL and subsequently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and elsewhere, is now available to download and read via Stageplays.com.

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This summer, Kenneth Michaels will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as a new interactive play for students about maths, for the White Horse Theatre tour of Germany, Austria and France.

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Drawing on the memoirs and archives of two remarkable women, Melanie Hughes and Nadia Ostacchini gave a talk with readings exploring London’s Italian quarter, based in Holborn and Clerkenwell, in the turbulent period between the two world wars, examining the impact of the warring ideologies of fascists and leftwing factions on individual lives. A recording of the event, at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, is now available to view on the Camden website.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Bonny and Read, first performed at AWL, and subsequently produced at the OSO, Brockley Jack and Brighton Open Air Theatre, is back on the road in the autumn, with performances in Portsmouth (14th-17th September), Weston-Super-Mare (23rd & 24th September), Shoreham-By-Sea (28th September), Bexhill-On-Sea (30th September & 1st October) and Sandwich (7th October). See the Novanda website for full details.

Based on the trials of Captain Rackham and his pirate crew in Jamaica in 1720, history meets myth in this real life story of the remarkable, cross-dressing women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and their fateful encounter with the infamous Jack Rackham, also known as Calico Jack.

Unlike most ‘pirate plays’, this musical tragicomedy focuses on the social and economic circumstances that led Bonny and Read to disguise themselves as men, go out to sea, and eventually join the notoriously male-dominated world of piracy. It’s a story of exceptional female bravery, adventure, and survival against all odds.

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Future Plans

Robin Miller’s latest play, Murder by the Book, is to be produced by Rare Fortune Productions at the OSO Barnes from 16th to 20th November.

A creative writing retreat on an island. Sounds idyllic? Should be. But, when eight ill-assorted writers are cut off from the mainland by a storm, then frayed tempers, old jealousies and new resentments could possibly lead to... murder.

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Mansel David writes:

“I am reviving my Solo Performance Take Desire Away, adapted from the Poems and Letters of A.E. Housman, for One Night Only, at 7.45pm on Saturday 4th February 2023 at the Grove Theatre Eastbourne.”

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Services

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.

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