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The Week Ahead

Gareth Pilkington directs a semi-staged reading of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears for North London Actors at the Chapel Playhouse: 15th October at 7.30. The cast includes AWLies Hélène Le Bohec, Sophie Morris-Sheppard, Patric Deony & Yasmina Paolaggi,

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Tom Jensen’s short play Coincidences will be performed in Absurding the Surface, an evening of absurdist writing, on Saturday 19th October at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow:

£10 (concs £8)

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Christopher Owen’s short play, Sammy, is included in Unmasked Theatre’s Brighton Scratch Night: Rialto Theatre, 15th to 17th October. The play is directed by Matt Turner for George Lassos The Moon Theatre.

£5

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Stephanie Connell will be playing a supernumerary in Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning production for the National Theatre of An Inspector Calls at the Oxford Playhouse, 15-19 October.

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Alice De-Warrenne plays 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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Edmund Dehn has won the Best Actor award in the Westfield International Film Festival (New Jersey, USA) for his performance as Fred in the short film You Need Help. Click below to watch the trailer.

In Edmund’s gushing, tearful, hour-long acceptance speech, he thanked not only his mother and grandmother, but also Paul Antony-Barber who recommended him for the job.

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An archive recording of Carolyn Pertwee’s play The Beautiful Couple, as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2002, can now be heard on YouTube.

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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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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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Nadia Ostacchini has been invited to take part in a rehearsed reading of the winning play at the Arts Centre Group’s National Drama Awards at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on the afternoon of Saturday 26th October, beginning at 2pm.

£10

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Stephen Riddle directs and performs in a concert at OSO Barnes on Saturday 26th Oct (8pm), entitled From Baroque to Broadway: a brief history of musical theatre. Other AWLies involved are Jenny Howe, Hilary Field, Rosemary Macvie & Edmund Dehn.

Edmund Dehn writes... “We’d be very grateful for support as the idea of this concert is to raise funds for our group: Actors Richmond Centre. This is a longer version of the show we have put on at several Old People’s Homes in recent months.”

£14 in advance (concs £12)

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Edmund Dehn will be appearing in Scratch@JW3 in Finchley on Sun 27th Oct at 7.30, playing the Colonel in Trust by Danielle Wager.

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

£5

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Robin Miller and Amanda Reed are in Enigma Theatre’s production of the comedy DRAM at Riverhouse Barn Theatre in Walton on Thames. October 24th to 26th at 7.30pm with a matinee on the 26th at 2.30pm

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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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Enjoy Sunday lunch at the OSO in Barnes while listening to a great four-piece band with singers including our very own Teresa Jennings. Easy going jazz and Latin numbers to start with, and then some classic pop songs that will get you singing along. Tables will be pre-allocated before arrival so booking a group table is recommended.

£20 (Includes lunch and a glass of wine)

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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. The cast includes AWLies Stephen Riddle, Orsolya Nagy & Laura Fitzpatrick.

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

£15, £12 concs, £10 for AWL members

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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.

Mansel David writes:

I am presenting a Rehearsed Reading of Falling Leaves on Friday 8th November at 7.30pm in The Learning Centre of The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN. This is a Free Event, but please contact me to be added to the list.

Falling Leaves is a newly revised version of the solo play about the medieval Welsh Bard, Dafydd Ap Gwilym, entitled A House of Leaves, which I toured in the late 90s.

The author, David Rowe, will be present, and the one-hour Reading will be followed by a Q&A.

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Jane Walker’s play The Strange Tale of W.W. will feature in Frighteners 2019: seven spine-chilling plays presented by Spontaneous Productions in November.

Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre at 8pm on Friday 8th , Saturday 9th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th.

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Future Plans

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 Simon Brandon & 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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Shaun Mendum stars as the Nutcracker Prince in Nutcracker the Musical at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth over Christmas: 13th to 31st December

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Barry Langley’s play The Maestro’s Last Words will run at the OSO from 4th to 8th February 2020. Orsolya Nagy directs.

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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.

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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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