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Paddy Gormley writes as follows...


The Polish Centre is now closed. The next AWL meeting is provisionally scheduled for 27th April, though it remains to be seen whether we will be able to meet on that date. Rest assured that we will keep you informed of future decisions.


The committee has asked me to forward the following message: ’If any AWL member needs human contact over the coming few weeks/months, please can they contact a member of the committee. We are all here to have a chat/email or lend a listening ear to anyone who is feeling cut off and lonely.’


There are seven nominations for the AWL committee, as follows: Viv Lake, Kenneth Michaels, Robin Miller, Orsolya Nagy, Peter Saracen, Wally Sewell & Mimi Tizzano. This means that there will be no election this year. The outgoing committee will continue to serve AWL until the end of proceedings at the AGM, 27th April (?), at which point the incoming committee will take over.

An archive recording of Carolyn Pertwee’s play The Beautiful Couple, as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002, is now availble as a free download.

The cast is Ronald Pickup, Julia McKenzie, Claudie Blakley & Ajay Chhabra. It was Gillian ReynoldsChoice, and it was Play of the Day in The Independent, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Radio Times.

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Ten minutes of audio fun: Felicity Jolly and Martin Cort perform annieverysorry, written by Paddy Gormley and subsquently adapted in the light of the first reading at AWL last year. Follow the link below to hear the recording. It’s a play for radio, so shut your eyes.

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Are you lonely or bereft without AWL meetings? Then join Stephanie Connell’s on-line meetings.

Strictly AWL members only. Contact Stephanie for details:

Stephanie writes: “We had our first Zoom video conferencing on Monday (23rd March) and decided we will do this every Monday night at 7.30pm, including bank holidays, until we can see each other safely at AWL”.

“Thanks so much Steph! This will become a real life saver as this goes on. Three cheers!” Edmund Dehn

“It was fun and supportive.” Robin Miller

“It was so lovely to talk to everyone.” Catherine Harvey

“Unity is strength in these uncertain days.” Gregory Cox

“I urge everyone to join in. ” Tom Jensen

Here’s the perfect antidote to self-isolation blues: the 2020 Visions YouTube Blog. This is a series of 27 short videos, typically about 7 minutes each, describing the development of Paddy Gormley’s play 2020 Visions from its first draft in 2001 to the preview production in 2019.

The series anchor is Maurice Thorogood, who worked on the play for three years and directed the preview production at the OSO in February last year.

The blogs feature contributions from countless AWLies, including not only the OSO cast, but also cast members from development readings at Bridewell Theatre, Farnham Rep and, of course, AWL.

The series videos are adorned with numerous photographs and facsimile images from Paddy Gormley’s extensive archive, as well as live performance excerpts, audience feedback and other archive audio and video recordings.

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I’ve just received the following message from Jonny Danciger at the OSO:

We’re currently putting together an online programme from the OSO to keep community spirit high and help creatives stay connected.

The first aspect to launch is our new initiative The House Is Now Open, which facilitates new collaborations between performing artists. I thought it would be of particular interest to you and your colleagues at AWL. You can read more about it at the link below.

With love from all of us here at the OSO,


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Future Plans

Peter Saracen will be playing Adam in Short Memory by Richard Roques, a new play about Alzheimer’s, short selling and Handel’s Messiah at the Waterloo East Theatre.

Postponed until further notice

Rare Fortune Productions production of Life Changes by Carolyn Pertwee has been postponed until further notice.



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.

07531 447 887

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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