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Sarah Lawrie’s one-woman show, written by Gail Louw and directed by Anthony Shrubsall, plays at Golden Goose Theatre from 26th to 29th January at 7.30.

Three times Off West End Award nominated The Good Dad is a haunting drama told from the perspectives of mother, daughter and sister, and asks what it means to be a family.

“Sarah Lawrie is a powerhouse” - Broadway World

“Simply flawless...A must-watch” - Strand Magazine

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An Earl’s Court Miscellany is a celebration of the vivid history and personalities of Earl’s Court featuring poetry, prose and music, filmed in and around the local area. The project is directed by Catherine Harvey, and features her writing and acting. The cast also includes Louise Bangay.

The production will be available to watch FREE-TO-VIEW on the Finborough Theatre YouTube channel from Friday, 28th January at 6:00pm to Friday, 25th February at midnight.

Finborough Theatre is continuing its online work under a brand new name – #FinboroughFrontier.

An Earl’s Court Miscellany is presented by Rhyme & Reason in association with Roguegunners Productions, and in association with #FinboroughFrontier’s curator Neil McPherson.

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Wally Sewell’s play Power Luncheon, first produced at the OSO in 2019, returns for a three-week run at the Hope Theatre in Islington from 11th to 29th January 2022: Peter Saracen plays George VI and Edmund Dehn Winston Churchill, directed by Anthony Shrubsall and produced by Sarah Lawrie.

Preview tickets £10 on 11th & 12th January

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The trailer for the forthcoming audio version of Paddy Gormley’s verse play, 2020 Visions, is now available on YouTube. Click below to listen: use headphones for full effect.

The play has been reimagined for digital audio. Whereas the version staged at the OSO in 2019 was 2M2F (Young Alec, Old Alec, carer Ros and one woman playing all three of Alec’s lovers in the years 1960, 1980 and 2000, the audio recording is 1M4F, with each of the women separately voiced.

Maurice Thorogood plays Alec; Georgia Riley is Ros; the three lovers are played by Sarah Lawrie (Lucy, 2000), Sophie Morris-Sheppard (Natasha, 1980) and Olivia Busby (Belinda, 1960).

The project, which is being produced for 2020 Productions by Paddy Gormley & Maurice Thorogood, is scheduled for completion in the next few months.

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Helen Dymond’s novel, Finding Handel, based on her play of the same name which is being read at AWL on 10th January 2022, was published by Austin Macauley on 30th November. Helen has been interviewed about her book by local radio stations around the country.

Click here for her interview on BBC Radio London (scroll forward to 3.11.08).

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Helen writes: “The idea came from two events in Handel’s life which have often been mentioned in biographies but never explored in depth. In 1750 he was injured in a coach accident in Holland and nobody knows where or how he was treated for his injuries; and a year or two later, during the composition of his final oratorio Jephtha, he personally changed a significant piece of wording in the libretto, removing the word ‘God’ and substituting a line of Pope’s poetry. These two events suggested a kind of spiritual journey had taken place at this late stage of his life. Most of the events in the novel are ‘true’ in the sense that they are recorded by contemporaries as having happened; my hope is that the imaginary episodes blend seamlessly in. It’s a biographical work, not a musicological one intended to be entertaining and to make Handel better known to the general reader.”

Jenny Howe has just finished filming the Final 4 episodes of Holby City, playing the Rev Lexy Dunblane, hospital chaplain, a part she has played occasionally since 2012. The series comes to an end next March.


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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