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The audio version of Penny Culliford’s latest play, Grimaldi’s Last Act, commissioned by Nadia Ostacchini’s Tricolore Theatre Company, can now be heard free of charge on Soundcloud. The play is performed by Edmund Dehn, directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

Grimaldi won fame as a clown in the early 19th Century, rising to the then equivalent of today’s A-List. Penny’s text draws on the biography by Grimaldi fan Charles Dickens.

The theatrical version of the play hasbeen postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Henry Dawe has released a charity music video celebrating the life of the late Duke of Edinburgh and raising funds in aid of The Silver Line helpline for older people.

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Stephen Riddle will play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle in The Quandary Collective production of Richard II, which will tour outdoor venues in the UK from 14th August to 25th September. See the website for full details. Venues include two castles in Wales, Bristol, Dorset, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool and Hull.

A London performance is also planned, but the venue is not yet confirmed.

Please note that an EARLYBIRD discount will be available until 30th June: just enter EARLYBIRD at the checkout.

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Are you lonely or bereft without AWL meetings? Then join Liz Felton’s on-line meetings, hosted by Liz Felton every Monday.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Susannah Finzi’s play Reunited (Gloucestershire Drama Association Best Play Writing Award) and Dermot Murphy’s Mastering Business (Highly Commended LOST Theatre Festival) will be performed in a double-bill at The CornerHOUSE, 116 Douglas Road, Surbiton KT6 7SB on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, and Saturday 3rd July at 7:30pm.

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Dermot Murphy’s Mastering Business will be performed in a double-bill with “Dramatic Business” in the Guildford Fringe Festival, in the Back Room at the Star Inn at 7:30pm on Friday 9 July.

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Susannah Finzi’s play Reunited will be performed in the Guildford Fringe Festival, in the Back Room at the Star Inn at 2:30pm on Saturday 10 July.

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Adam Courting will be playing Lord Berowne, Lady Katherine and Sir Nathaniel in this summer’s Open Bar tour of Fullers’ pub gardens from 13th July to 18th August.

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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.

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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