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Reetta Hyreen appears in Disconnected at the OSO Arts Centre on 23rd & 24th September at 8pm. Disconnected is a new play by Finnish actress Tuuli Mattila, who shares the stage with Reetta.

Two estranged sisters Emma and Sarah have just lost their mother. They have to come together to empty out their late mother’s house. Can they work out their differences and pull together once more? Or is the resentment too strong?

£14 (concs £12)

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Rosemary Macvie appears in the Snack Stash advertisement for Walkers Crisps.

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Bradley Crees appears in Danelaw at The Old Red Lion from 17th to 29th September.

Cliff, a racist football thug, is serving five years in prison for assaulting an Asian man at a Millwall game when he is visited by the mysterious Mr Warboys, who offers him the chance to re-establish the Danelaw - the Golden Age of Viking rule. And so begins a darkly comic tragedy of violence and death.

£16 (concs £13)

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Stephanie Connell writes:

StageWrite have written to me to say they loved my submission of The Curious Case of Lady Fowler and want to present it as part of StageWrite on 28th Sept at the Place Theatre in Bedford.

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Louise Bangay plays Q (The Queen, one of two!) in Moira Buffini’s Handbagged at New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, until 28th September.

Over the course of a decade, two of Britain’s most iconic women meet regularly. In private. Sharing their views on what it means to be British and navigating their opposing opinions, do their smiles tell a true story? What actually happened behind those closed doors?

The meetings between Queen Elizabeth II, and Margaret Thatcher became infamous in the ’80s. In this theatrical comedy, Moira Buffini imagines their relationship, and looks at what might have happened when two of the most powerful characters of our time came face-to-face.

£15.50 - £24.50

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Orsolya Nagy writes:

Dear AWLies, I’m happy to announce that I’m now officially British.

Thank you for all your support and love. X

Kenneth Michaels is directing three productions, designed for European touring, this summer in Germany: a slightly abridged version of Othello; Honesty - a new play about contemporary morality and a play for children: Dreaming in English.

CaAPA is presenting an evening of rehearsed readings of plays and poetry on the theme of Homelessness at the CAA on the evening of 12th November. AWL writers are encouraged to submit themed work accordingly to both Penny Culliford and Kenneth Michaels, who will select a balanced programme. Plays may be up to fifteen minutes long. The closing date for submissions is 30th September.

penny.culliford@gmail.com & michaels.kenneth@gmail.com.

Further Events in the Month Ahead

Olivia Busby plays Beatrice and Terry Perkins plays Finn in New York writer Holli HarmsFor Abby as part of the British Theatre Challenge which runs 1st to 5th October at the Jack Studio, Brockley.

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Karen McCaffrey plays Anne and Sybil in Terence Rattigan’s Separate Tables with Set Theatre in Cannes from 28th September to 6th October.

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Teresa Jennings is vocalist with JKL-Jazz at The Gunnersbury Tavern on (Friday nights 8pm-10m) 27th September & 25th October.

Free admission

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Lewis Rae joins Tracie Bennett in the major professional revival of hit musical Mame, playing M Lindsay Woolsey.

The opens open at the Hope Mill Theatre Manchester on 28th September 2019 and run until 9th November, before touring to Northampton’s Royal and Derngate (7th to 11th January 2020) and Salisbury Playhouse (21st to 25th January 2020).

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Alice De-Warrenne will play Peppa Pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, a musical with puppets, touring the UK and Ireland for 14 months from October. This Christmas the show will spend 6 weeks at The Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.

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Future Plans

Vaughan Evans’s play, Integrity, first read at AWL, has been further developed since its Edinburgh Fringe run in 2018, and will receive its first production as a full evening play at the OSO from 22nd to 25th October.

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David Pinner’s play, Edred, the Vampyre, will be produced by Sarah Lawrie at The Old Red Lion, Islington, from 29th October to 2nd November, directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

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Tom Pauk’s radio play, DASH, is to be broadcast in November 2019 (dates tba) by Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco, on 111 satellite radio stations across US and Canada.

Claire Novello’s play The Dedication, first read at AWL, will be produced at Chapel Playhouse, Bread and Roses in Grays Inn Road, directed by Kenneth Michaels.

Dates: Fri 1st November, 7.30; Sat 2nd Nov, 3pm & 7.30; Sunday 3rd Nov, 3pm & 7.30

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Nadia Ostacchini’s Tricolore Theatre Company presents the premiere production of Penny Culliford’s bilingual (English-Italian) play for children and families: A Boy Named Porro (Un Bambino di Nome Porro). The cast includes Nadia Ostacchini and the production is directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

Pleasance Theatre Islington, London N7 9EF:

Saturdays & Sundays at 4pm: 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th November, plus 1st December.

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Services

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.

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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