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Stephen Riddle plays Arthur Krause in The Outcast Creatives’ production of 13 Seconds in Kent State, a 5-part drama mini-series about the historic shooting of Kent State University students on May 4th 1970 and the civil trial that followed in 1975. The cast of more than 40 actors includes Jason Flemyng, who will appear in the final episode.

The Zoom medium will be utilized, but presentation will be enhanced with audio and visual effects. Each episode will run for approximately 75 minutes. 13 Seconds in Kent State will be performed live FREE of charge - on YouTube at 8pm on Sunday nights from April 11th until the beginning of May.

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Rare Fortune Productions presents its second all-AWL post-lockdown production at the OSO in Barnes: Waiting in the Wings.

This collection of short plays by Sally Sheringham, Frank Mariani, Nicolas Ridley, Robin Miller, Julia Haythorn, Carolyn Pertwee and Tom Pauk, presented to a socially-distanced audience, is all about waiting in one way or another - something that seems very appropriate as we all become used to waiting for a return to normality.

The cast, comprising Carolyn Pertwee, Robin Miller, Julia Haythorn, Gregory Cox, Jeremy Drakes, Michael Duran & Lucy Penrose, is directed by Maurice Thorogood.

4th & 5th June at 8pm; 5th & 6th June at 4.30pm.

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Christopher Owen’s book, America Awaits Us, My Lovely and other stories is now published by Troubador Publishers. Available from bookshops (bookshops open again!), from online retailers and Troubador Publishers. The stories are set in the UK, France and America.

‘Beautifully written and really evocative of a particular time and place’ Emily Trahair, Editor, Planet Magazine.

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Melanie Hughes and Nadia Ostacchini invite you to the free online zoom (circa 1 hour) event on the 27th April at 6pm (GMT), hosted by Dr Marcella Pelligrini Sutcliffe at academic writing retreat Chapelgarth.

Dr Claudia Baldoli will interview Melanie about the historical background to her book, War Changes Everything, which deals with the Italian community in the tumultuous years between the two world wars.

Nadia will read extracts from the book as we paint a picture of a community “Caught Between Two Worlds” in a juxtaposition of history and memoir.

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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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Brian O’Connell is the percussion section in The Jabliners’ smile-inducing Thank you, NHS video: Away we go, let the vaccine flow. The video, produced by Surrey Border Movie Makers, features strong O’Connell family resemblances.

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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.

Strictly AWL members only. Contact Liz for details:

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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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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