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The Week Ahead

Peter Saracen has taken over the roles of Chair and Judge in The Party, a courtroom drama based on a real event in the USA, at the Cockpit Theatre from the 5th to the 9th August at 9pm as part of the Camden Fringe Festival.

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Joan Blackham took part in last year’s Above the Arts event, and was impressed by the quality of the writing. She would like to draw the following notice about this year’s event to the attention of AWL’s women writers.

The Female Edit: Mother? will be running on 10th & 11th October at The Chapel Playhouse in King’s Cross, a new fringe venue run by the same creative team as at The Bread and Roses in Clapham. The organisers are looking for submissions of writing on the theme of motherhood, in both traditional and contemporary senses of the word. The closing date for sumbissions is Wednesday 21st August.

There will be a separate call out for directors, but if you’d like to register your interest now then please do let us know.

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CaAPA is presenting an evening of rehearsed readings of plays and poetry on the theme of Homelessness at the CAA on the evening of 12th November. AWL writers are encouraged to submit themed work accordingly to both Penny Culliford and Kenneth Michaels, who will select a balanced programme. Plays may be up to fifteen minutes long. The closing date for submissions is 30th September. &

David Pinner is crowdfunding the premiere production of his play, Edred, the Vampyre, which is to be produced at the Old Red Lion, Islington, from 29th October to 2nd November, directed by Anthony Shrubsall. Click the link to support the crowdfunding initiative.

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Kenneth Michaels is directing three productions, designed for European touring, this summer in Germany: a slightly abridged version of Othello; Honesty - a new play about contemporary morality and a play for children: Dreaming in English.

Further Events in the Month Ahead

Penelope Nair Price would like to hear from any AWLies who might be free to come to a West End Art Gallery on Saturday 31st August, 4 - 6 pm, to do free poetry readings or play guitar and sing (approx 5 - 7 mins each) with refreshments:

Richard Fitchett’s play Room Service will be premiered at The Bread & Roses, Clapham, from 3rd to 7th September at 7.30.

Two actors on stage, only one of which is human. The play is a fast-paced pressure-cooker drama with both comedic and dramatic elements. Our story follows Max, self-proclaimed bloke-next-door, as he meets Zahra, a computer-generated Room Service Steward. Over the course of an hour, we see Max grapple with his reliance upon and understanding of new technologies.


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The Curious Case of Lady Fowler, a whodunit written by Stephanie Connell, will be the next play for Living the Drama’s Oxfordshire Care Home Tour in September.

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Teresa Jennings is vocalist with JKL-Jazz at The Gunnersbury Tavern on (Friday mights 8pm-10m) 30th August, 27th September & 25th October.

Free admission

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Bradley Crees appears in Danelaw at the Old Red Lion from 17th to 29th September.

Cliff, a racist football thug, is serving five years in prison for assaulting an Asian man at a Millwall game when he is visited by the mysterious Mr Warboys, who offers him the chance to re-establish the Danelaw - the Golden Age of Viking rule. And so begins a darkly comic tragedy of violence and death.

£16 (concs £13)

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Future Plans

The full cast joining Tracie Bennett in the upcoming major professional revival of hit musical Mame has been revealed. It includes Lewis Rae as M Lindsay Woolsey.

The revival will open at the Hope Mill Theatre Manchester on 28th September 2019 and run until 9th November, before touring to Northampton’s Royal and Derngate (7th to 11th January 2020) and Salisbury Playhouse (21st to 25th January 2020).

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Alice De-Warrenne will play Peppa Pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, a musical with puppets, touring the UK and Ireland for 14 months from October. This Christmas the show will spend 6 weeks at The Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.

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Tom Pauk’s radio play, DASH, is to be broadcast in November 2019 (dates tba) by Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco, on 111 satellite radio stations across US and Canada.

Claire Novello’s play The Dedication, first read at AWL, will be produced at Chapel Playhouse, Bread and Roses in Grays Inn Road, directed by Kenneth Michaels.

Dates: Fri 1st November, 7.30; Sat 2nd Nov, 3pm & 7.30; Sunday 3rd Nov, 3pm & 7.30

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Nadia Ostacchini’s Tricolore Theatre Company presents the premiere production of Penny Culliford’s bilingual (English-Italian) play for children and families: A Boy Named Porro (Un Bambino di Nome Porro). The cast includes Nadia Ostacchini and the production is directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

Pleasance Theatre Islington, London N7 9EF:

Saturdays & Sundays at 4pm: 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th November, plus 1st December.

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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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