Gary James’ book, Spangles, Glam, Gaywaves & Tubes, has been published and will be available in bookshops on 28th February.
This is the story of a young boy from the rough side of Tunbridge Wells (yes, there is one). A boy born in black and white (as his parents couldn’t afford colour) who would survive the trauma of terrifying 1960s children’s TV puppet shows and public information films, a family break up and being a gay teenager through the Glam Rock 1970s, to go to London and become part of the new wave of youth culture in Punk and Disco. It’s the story of 70s and 80s youth subculture told through pioneering gay theatre productions, the world’s first ever gay radio pirate radio broadcasts and then finally becoming the first openly gay TV presenter on the seminal rock television show, The Tube.
Pre-order from Foyles: £12.99
Alice De-Warrenne plays Coco in the first stage adaptation of the CBeebies hit show Bing. Directed by Will Tuckett, Bing Live! will tour theatres across the UK and Ireland until April 2019.
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan.
The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.
David Hampshire’s Funny Turns, first read at AWL, and subsequently published by Stagescripts, will have its premiere production at the Museum of Comedy from Tuesday 29th January to Sunday 3rd February. The director is Hayward B. Morse, with assistant director Orsolya Nagy and an all-AWL cast: Crissy Mullen, Georgia Riley, Kenneth Michaels, Mansel David, David Forest, Lewis Rae, Gregory Cox & Joan Blackham.
A discount is available for AWLies. Contact David Hampshire or any of the cast for details.
Funny Turns is a comedy set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his very average act with Sally, the love-struck daughter of his landlady Alice. Four stories inter-weave involving Alice and Sally, Norman’s best pal Victor (a conjurer), Charlie (a song and dance man), Arthur (an eccentric pianist), Laurence (an actor) and Harold Chance (an impresario). When Norman’s ex-wife speciality act Nellie Price moves into his digs, Norman’s life changes dramatically. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of ‘funny turns’.
29th Jan to 2nd Feb @ 7pm; 3rd Feb @ 3pm
£14 (concs £12)
Paddy Gormley’s verse play 2020 Visions will be premiered at the OSO in Barnes: 12th - 16th February 2019, with an all-AWL cast: Olivia Busby as Belinda (1960), Natasha (1980) & Lucy (2000), Mansel David as Alec80, James Price as Alec20, Alec40 & Alec60 & Georgia Riley as Ros, directed by Maurice Thorogood.
“ 2020 Visions, Paddy Gormley’s time-travelling masterpiece, is pure gold ”, says Maurice Thorogood, “ so far above the ordinary that it deserves to be the iconic drama of the year 2020, with productions in theatre, film and radio. ”
£14 (concs, including card-carrying AWLies: £12)
Ian Buckley’s play The Project, first read at AWL, will be produced at the White Bear Theatre from 5th to 23rd March 2019.
Tues-Sat 7.30 pm/Sun 4.00pm (matinee 23rd March 3.00pm)
A bleak muddy camp in a bleak muddy landscape. Bursting at the seams with harassed, worried people. And in this camp a miracle. Cabaret from the best artists in Europe in front of a camp commandant who’s especially appreciative when Anna Hilmann takes to the stage. But is this appreciation a poisoned chalice or an opportunity or both?
Tickets: £15 Concs: £12
Rare Fortune Productions are delighted to be returning to the OSO after their sell-out success last year with Liberty Hall. Their 2019 production is another play by Robin Miller. It’s the professional premiere of Murder on Cue, which was first read at AWL in 2011, and is published by Stagescripts.
AWL members performing include Sylvia Carson, Gregory Cox, Leonora Fyfe, Julia Haythorn, Robin Miller, Carolyn Pertwee, James Price, Martin Wimbush. Maurice Thorogood is directing, and the producer is Julia Haythorn.
Gossip and old rivalries sustain the residents of Maple Lodge, a retirement home for actors, as much as dry sherry and shepherds pie. But now there’s a spate of malicious anonymous letters, a rewritten will and the home is cut off by heavy snow. Surely even the most temperamental of luvvies wouldn’t descend to...... murder? The residents join forces to solve the mystery - but this is not make-believe. Now they are performing for their lives!
8pm, plus Saturday matinee 4pm
£14 (concs, including card-carrying AWLies: £12)
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.
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