Actors & Writers London
Sketch of spoof thespian by Max India
Professional readings of new plays
Personal web pages
Networking, friendship and fun


The Week Ahead

Gareth Pilkington is directing Mary Rose by JM Barrie at the Courtyard Theatre on Tuesday 20th November. AWL members involved (so far) are Robin Miller, Carolyn Pertwee, Kenneth Michaels, Mansel David & Simon Brandon.

Click for map

Brian Abbott is the writer for the Parrabbola iwitnesshistory project, 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.

This story is our small contribution to the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War - World War 1.

11 November 1918 is written by Brian Abbott and read by Joan Blackham.

Click for website

Edmund Dehn will play in Rep in the Leatherhead Theatre: 3 plays in 3 weeks! He plays Tom in Waiting for God from 6th November, then the Old Gentleman in a musical version of The Railway Children and, in the third week, Harvey in Season’s Greetings, finishing on 24th November. The company also includes Keith Hill.

Then he’s off to Mexico to appear in a feature film, returning just in time to sign autographs for his many fans at AWL competition night: book now to avoid disappointment.

Click for website

Click for map

Stagescripts Ltd is celebrating its 10th year as a publisher and rights holder of plays and musicals. We are looking for 10 plays by 10 different UK/UK based writers which have had at least one professional production in the UK and which deserve to be championed for a further life.

David Waters, founder of Stagescripts added “We honour the new work festivals, the awards for commissions and first-time productions, and everything done to allow new playwrights to have their work brought to life for the first time; But we want to make sure these works are not consigned to the bottom drawer or treated ‘like single-use plastics.’ (to quote the Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond when calling for more respect for existing work, and second production support). I am seeking to find 10 plays which tackle universal themes, demonstrate the potential for multiple productions and licenses in the future and are by writers who seek to develop and deliver stage plays for popular and larger audiences now and into the future.”

The deadline for submissions is 30th November online. A panel of 15 professional directors and producers are looking forward to reading many plays.

Click for website

Julie Bevan has written, directed, produced and acted in two ten-minute plays, filmed at the suggestion of a BBC editor and DoP.

Dorothea Phillips plays Mamagu in Mamagu Lost and Found; cast also includes Susan Casanove & Mansel David.

Olivia Busby & Mary Piercy appear in Always.

Wendy McNeilly appears in the chorus of Kwame Kwei-Armah’s musical adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Young Vic.

Click for website

Click for map

Jenny Howe can be seen in Truly Madly Deeply on BBC2 this Saturday 3rd Nov at 9.00pm. Repeated on Friday 9th Nov at 11.05pm. She plays Dr Burge - Juliet Stevenson’s psychiatrist.

Click for website

Shakespeare Science Fiction Series: A Throne of Shadows will be returning on 31st October for 3 brand new episodes. Cast Includes: Simon Brandon, Martin Cort, Gregory Cox, Carolyn Pertwee, Rosalind Blessed, Francesca McCrohon, and Tristan Pretty.

Click for website

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.

Click for website

Further Events in the Month Ahead

See Jacki Piper in conversation with Robert Ross, followed by audience Q&A at the Museum of Comedy on Sunday 25th November at 4.00 pm.

Celebrate sixty glorious years of the Carry On films with the only actor producer Peter Rogers ever put under a three-year contract. In that time Jacki Piper starred in four Carry On films: cavorting with Terry Scott in Carry On Up the Jungle, enjoying the matrimonial mix-ups of Carry On Loving, playing the savvy daughter of Sid James in Carry On At Your Convenience, and, finally, giggling her way through the maternity ward madness of Carry On Matron.

£18 (concs £15)

Click for website

Click for map

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.

Click for map

North London ActorsAll Star Night is on 11th December at the Courtyard Theatre. Details here soon.

Click for map

Lee Peck will be playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead from 15th December to 1st January.

Click for website

Click for map

Future Plans

David Hampshire’s Funny Turns, first read at AWL, and subsequently published by Stagescripts, will have its premiere production at the Museum of Comedy from Tuesday 29th January to Sunday 3rd February. The director is Hayward B. Morse, with an all-AWL cast: Crissy Mullen, Georgia Riley, Kenneth Michaels, Mansel David & David Forest.

Funny Turns is a comedy set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his very average act with Sally, the love-struck daughter of his landlady Alice. Four stories inter-weave involving Alice and Sally, Norman’s best pal Victor (a conjurer), Charlie (a song and dance man), Arthur (an eccentric pianist), Laurence (an actor) and Harold Chance (an impresario). When Norman’s ex-wife speciality act Nellie Price moves into his digs, Norman’s life changes dramatically. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of ‘funny turns’.

29th Jan to 2nd Feb @ 7pm; 3rd Feb @ 3pm 2019

£14 (concs £12)

Click for map

Paddy Gormley’s verse play 2020 Visions will be premiered at the OSO in Barnes: 12th - 16th February 2019, with an all-AWL cast: Olivia Busby, Mansel David, James Price & Georgia Riley, directed by Maurice Thorogood.

Click for website

Click for map

Ian Buckley’s play The Project, first read at AWL, will be produced at the White Bear Theatre from 5th to 23rd March 2019.


Susan Casanove has just set up in business as a headshots photographer and she’ running a special introductory offer of £80 all-in for a headshots session including 3 retouched images. Click below for details on Susan’s new website:

Click for website

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.

Click for examples of his work.

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.

Click for further information.

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


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.

Actors & Writers London
Welcome Readings Schedule Biographies Membership Benefits How to Join Guidelines Writers Actors Directors ADs Photographs Backstage This week Month Ahead Future Plans News Opportunities Services Contact

© Copyright 1998-2018 Actors & Writers London.  All rights reserved.