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Teresa Jennings performs with JKL-Jazz at the Gunnersbury Tavern from 8.00-10.30pm on Friday 10th December.


Spontaneous Productions bring festive sparkle with their Christmas show The Beauty and The Beast, adapted by Jonathan Kaufman and Jane Walker.

Featuring amazing original songs by Paul Tornbohm, fantastic costumes by Jackie Poulett and fabulous dance routines by Michelle Buckley Expect comedy, magic and lots of surprising twists!

Four show days: Sat 4th, Sun 5th, Sat 11th and Sun 12th December at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Sydenham SE26 6QR. Tickets are pay what you can; suggested minimum donation £5 adults, £3 children aged 3+

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Bonny and Read, first performed at AWL, and previewed at the OSO on 6th November, receives its first full run at the Brockley Jack studio theatre from 23rd November to 4th December. The play is written by Claire Novello, with music composed, and accompanied at the piano, by Frederick Appleby. The director is Kenneth Michaels.

There is a 10% discount for AWLies at the Brockley Jack until 25th October and on Wednesday 1st December. Ask Claire, Frederick or Kenn for the diiscount code.

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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Jenny Howe can be seen in episode 3 of the new series of Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel: Channel 5 player until 11th December. Jenny plays the part of Grace.

Helen Dymond’s novel Finding Handel, based on her play of the same name which is being read at AWL on 10th January 2022, is due to be published by Austin Macauley on 30th November: ISBN 9781398431102 (paperback) & 978139841119 (ePub e-book).

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.

Paul Antony-Barber is in 3 episodes of a new BBC drama, Marriage, with Sean Bean and Nicola Walker, screening in the new year.

Carolyn Pertwee’s 15-minute radio play, Heart to Heart, was shortlisted for an award from Arts Richmond, along with three other finalists. The play has been produced by Hogg In The Limelight, and stars Edmund Dehn, Isabella Inchbald and Amanda Bailey.

The ceremony took place on 7th November. Click below for video recording.

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Paddy Gormley has posted this message from Bloomsbury Institute.

Under the theme Legally Speaking, aspiring and professional writers are invited to submit a two-hand radio play to be performed on our radio station, Bloomsbury Radio.

We are looking for scripts up to a maximum of one hour long, exploring the funding crisis which many people face when trying to engage with court services and the judiciary.

How this theme is interpreted is entirely up to you.

The winning playwright will receive £500, and their play will be directed by an awarding winning filmmaker and performed by professional actors.

Absolutely anyone can take part and the closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 19 December 2021.

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Stephanie Connell & Sophie Morris-Sheppard have small parts in the feature film Raging Grace and will be shooting in the first week of December. Starring Max Eigenmann and David Hayman. Written and directed by BIFA-Nominated Paris Zarcilla and produced by Chi Thai.

An undocumented Filipina immigrant lands a job as a care worker for a seemingly terminal old man (played by Hayman). She thinks she is securing a better life for herself and her daughter, until a dark discovery threatens to destroy everything she has strived for and holds dear.


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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