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The Week Ahead

The Italian edition of Melanie Hughes’ book War Changes Everything - La Guerra Cambia Tutto - is to be published later this year. All are welcome to attend the book launch at The Italian Bookshop on 1st December at 6.30pm, which will include readings in Italian by Nadia Ostacchini.

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Sally Sheringham’s short play Touch (first seen at AWL) has been selected to be part of Kibo ProductionsReboot Festival 2 at the Barons Court Theatre from Tuesday 29 November to Friday December 3.

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Louise Bangay encourages you to sign the Open Letter to return ongoing professional training for actors to The Actors Centre. The Open Letter will be delivered to the former Actors Centre (now Seven Dials Playhouse) at 1A Tower Street on Tuesday November 29th at noon. We would welcome all supporters to come along to this brief but important event and stand alongside representatives from the Actor at the Centre campaign and Equity.

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Sylvia Carson can be see rather too euphorically playing the guitar in the Care UK advert currently showing on TV.

Edmund Dehn writes:

Actors Richmond Centre would love to see some new faces, so please come along and give us a try. We run weekly singing classes and regular acting classes at Raleigh Rd United Reform Church, Richmond (10 minutes walk from Richmond tube). We also perform regular shows on an ad hoc basis, often for Care Homes, notably Denville Hall, the Actors’ Retirement Home. We are doing some this Christmas.

AWLies already attending include Peter Saracen, Edmund Dehn, Hilary Field, Jenny Howe, Stephen Riddle & Hayward B. Morse. Talk to any of us or visit the website for full details.

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Martin Szalla writes:

In December 2022 we ( will perform our Evening of Conceptual Variety together with some local actors and musicians in Swanage, Dorset. The show comprises some, mainly absurd, short plays, some short videos and a collection of musical interludes.

The core of the group is coming to London in the beginning of January to have a one-off show on Sunday January 8th, 7pm, at the Finchley Youth Theatre, where we performed our Evening of Conceptual Absurdity in 2018/2019. As not everybody from Swanage will be with us, we might need some more acts - drama, comedy, music - to have a full show.

Thus, we are looking for people who like to join us with two or three short plays (5-10 minutes) and/or musical bits. The keywords are: absurdity, experimental, interactivity.

Your plays/music bits should be rehearsed independently as we will only have one dress rehearsal in London the day before the show.

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Sally Sheringham writes:

Calling all writers! We plan to hold an evening of monologues on February 6th and welcome submissions. Make them surprising, intriguing, exciting, funny, sad, touching… Whatever you think will have us gripped!


Strictly AWL members only;

Up to 1,000 words max;

Only one submission per person;

Deadline for submissions: 5th December.

Please hand your hard copy to me at an AWL meeting; include your name and email address.

Further Events in the Month Ahead

Meryl Walker’s short play The Three Wise Women, first performed at AWL, has been selected to be part of an evening of plays about women in history called Glass Splinters: Pleasance Theatre Islington, 10th December.

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Martin Wimbush will be presenting and performing his new Christmas show, A Christmas Cracker, at the Rye Community Centre on Saturday evening 10th December at 7pm and Sunday afternoon 11th December at 4pm. It’s a fun, musical revue, with Sally Bayly on vocals and Malcolm Newton as Musical Director. Anyone who fancies a trip to Rye, just give Martin a ring on 07930 677623 and he can arrange tickets.

A Victorian Christmas Treasury, written and directed by Rachael Bellis, plays at Bread and Roses Theatre on 19th & 20th December.

Rachael is touring for Troubadour Productions around schools and care homes in the Home Counties until 23rd December. She is playing multiple roles in their pantomime, Cinderella, including Fairy Godmother and an Ugly Stepsister.

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Future Plans

Peter Saracen & Edmund Dehn star in the latest revival of Wally Sewell’s play: Orbits. Anthony Shrubsall directs. OSO 7th to 10th February 2023.

In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht arrived in America where he met English actor and Hollywood star Charles Laughton. Attracted to each other like celestial objects, they embarked on translating and adapting Brecht’s play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton playing the lead, while history, in the form of the the atomic bomb and the House Un-American Activities Committee, exerted its pull.

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Paddy Gormley’s book, Language with Altitude, is to be published by Troubador on 28th February 2023. A book launch is being planned for early March, to include readings by AWLies.

Language with Altitude is a practical guide to reason, rhetoric, rhythm and rhyme, enabling you to channel the primeval power of language and write richly evocative words that capture readers’ attention, stir imagination and raise spirits. Language with altitude is not just for playwrights. It’s for everyone who needs to deliver engaging and compelling text: politicians, poets, presenters, performers, persuaders, professors, prose writers, philanderers, philosophers, philanthropists, prelates, priests … people in every walk of life.

Whether you’re a practised professional or a beginner writer, Language with Altitude will transport you to new heights of creative and analytical writing

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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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An evening of Brad Sutherland’s plays from the online dating world is to be produced at the OSO from 16th to 18th March 2023: five serious comedies that unmask the torment and joy of internet dating. The director is Orsolya Nagy.

An unpleasant reunion, a shattered marriage, a lesson in how not to end a relationship, a woman nobody wants to upset, and a rejected female who’s hungry for revenge. Adults of all ages go searching for love, sex and excitement, but what awaits them is the unexpected...

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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.

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