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Fiona Tong writes:

I’m in Strasbourg rehearsing then performing an opera (I have the acting/narrator role). It’s a new commission called Until the Lions, book by Karthika Naïr, music by Thierry Pecou, directed and choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh for Opéra national du Rhin. It’s what I was doing when lockdown started and it was all rescheduled.

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Michael Duran appears in Two by Jim Cartwright, a tale of love, laughs and loss in a friendly local as told through the lives of its regulars.

This is a site-specific production to be performed upstairs in The Bull, Wanstead as part of the Wanstead Fringe Festival: Tuesday 20th to Sunday 25th September.

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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). The performance in Sandwich has been cancelled. 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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Mansel David writes:

The Stables Theatre in Hastings is again running its annual competition to find an outstanding original play. Now in its third year, the competition has had some great successes and we are hoping to find further great writing.

This year there will be only one winner but the prize is to have a full production of the play performed and produced by the Stables Theatre.

Closing date 10th October.

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Nadia Ostacchini writes, on behalf of Jeremy Rowe and Michael Gannon of Collaborative Arts:

Collaborative Arts intends to publish a set of short plays such as those featured in AWL showcases and competition nights. All writers will receive an equal share of any royalties. The submission deadline is 10th October 2022.

Email collaborative.direct@btinternet.com.

Further Events in the Month Ahead

Michael Pearcy’s play Person of Interest will be performed at The Old Court Arts Centre in Windsor as one of the three finalists (selected from 190 scripts received from 23 countries) in The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing 2022.

It’s an all-AWL company too: Peter Saracen, Avena Mansergh-Wallace, Karen McCaffrey & Rebecca Bugeja, directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

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Sally Sheringham’s short play Something ’bout You, Baby, first performed at AWL earlier this year, is part of an evening of duologues produced by Any Second Now at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington from Thursday October 6th to Saturday 8th. It stars Kenneth Michaels.

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Teresa Jennings plays the Mother in A Very Odd Birthday Party, a Hawkseed Theatre production touring to Bury, Leeds, Rotherham & Liverpool, finishing on 30th October at the King’s Head in Islington.

Can you ever really know someone? Can you know too much? Are there parts of ourselves we must simply reconcile with in silence?

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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.

Click below for the Rare Fortune website, where you can hear the audio trailer and connect to the OSO box office.

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.

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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