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The Week Ahead

Kenneth Michaels is directing a script-in-hand performance of Simon Gray’s ‘English Chekhovian comedy’ Quartermaine’s Terms at the Courtyard Theatre on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30. It features a stellar AWL cast: Laura Fitzpatrick, Nadia Ostacchini, Stephen Riddle, Harry Saks, Gregory Cox, Paul Antony-Barber & Edmund Dehn.

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Sarah Lawrie plays Nell Gwyn in Oranges & Ink at Tristan Bates Theatre from 27th March to 6th April.

27th March - 6th April at 6:15pm

£15 (concs £12.50)

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Ian Buckley’s play The Project, first read at AWL, will be produced at the White Bear Theatre from 5th to 23rd March 2019. The play is directed by Anthony Shrubsall. The cast includes Michael Duran.

Tues-Sat 7.30 pm/Sun 4.00pm (matinee 23rd March 3.00pm).

A bleak muddy camp in a bleak muddy landscape. Bursting at the seams with harassed, worried people. And in this camp a miracle. Cabaret from the best artists in Europe in front of a camp commandant who’s especially appreciative when Anna Hilmann takes to the stage. But is this appreciation a poisoned chalice or an opportunity or both?

Tickets: £15 Concs (including AWLies) £12

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Laetitia Coulson is off to Paris, where she has been selected for the new Paradis Latin show directed by Kamal Ouali.

Martin Wimbush plays a Judge in Call the Midwife, series 8 episode 8. Good old Martin: another on-time delivery for AWL.

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Henry Dawe writes:

When I put on a show in April of last year, I discovered that some of the best reactions came from the comic song parodies. I reflected on this and decided that I would try to take my writing and performing further by releasing online a comic, topical parody of a famous song. The result is a take-off of the Gloria Gaynor hit I Will Survive.

I am attempting to gain some momentum behind the song. The hope is that somebody may take an interest in the style of wordy comedy that I like to write and that this could lead to other parody lyrics and scripts being looked at. I shall be sending the song to the contacts whom I have established over the last few years to try to make that happen. I think that parody has such comic possibilities which I would love to explore. Even if nothing does come of it, perhaps the song will at least have raised a few smiles!

I hope it will with you. It would be super if you could watch the video and (provided you like it!) feel free to share it with friends who you think may appreciate such nonsense via e-mail, YouTube or my actor and writer Facebook Page, which is in its very early stages.

The video can be watched by clicking on the link below.

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Carolyn Pertwee plays Amy Marks in Doctors on Tuesday 5th March, and afterwards on iPlayer.

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Tom Pauk’s stage play, Let Us Make The Flames of the Revolution Rage Furiously, is being produced by Saw It Here First Productions (Theatro Technis 2nd March) & Ink Festival, Suffolk (12th - 14th April)

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Bradley Crees is touring with The English Theatre Company until June 2019: 4 plays in rep, in countries all over Western Europe.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Rare Fortune Productions are delighted to be returning to the OSO after their sell-out success last year with Liberty Hall. Their 2019 production, from 2nd to 6th April, is another play by Robin Miller. It’s the professional premiere of Murder on Cue, which was first read at AWL in 2011, and is published by Stagescripts.

AWL members performing include Sylvia Carson, Gregory Cox, Leonora Fyfe, Julia Haythorn, Robin Miller, Carolyn Pertwee, James Price, Martin Wimbush. Maurice Thorogood is directing, and the producer is Julia Haythorn.

Gossip and old rivalries sustain the residents of Maple Lodge, a retirement home for actors, as much as dry sherry and shepherds pie. But now there’s a spate of malicious anonymous letters, a rewritten will and the home is cut off by heavy snow. Surely even the most temperamental of luvvies wouldn’t descend to...... murder? The residents join forces to solve the mystery - but this is not make-believe. Now they are performing for their lives!

8pm, plus Saturday matinee 4pm

£14 (Card-carrying AWLies £12 ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY ONLY)

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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.

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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