Rowland D Hill’s newly published book, ArtReach - 25 Years of Cultural Development, tells the story of the evolution of the company he founded: a major cultural consultancy and creative producer, that has delivered arts festivals across the UK and Europe. There’s quite a lot about fundraising in it, so AWLies who are or seek to be creative producers may find it useful.
Drawing on the memoirs and archives of two remarkable women, Melanie Hughes and Nadia Ostacchini gave a talk with readings exploring London’s Italian quarter, based in Holborn and Clerkenwell, in the turbulent period between the two world wars, examining the impact of the warring ideologies of fascists and leftwing factions on individual lives. A recording of the event, at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, is now available to view on the Camden website.
Bonny and Read, first performed at AWL, and subsequently produced at the OSO, Brockley Jack and Brighton Open Air Theatre, is back on the road in the autumn, with performances in Portsmouth (14th-17th September), Weston-Super-Mare (23rd & 24th September), Shoreham-By-Sea (28th September), Bexhill-On-Sea (30th September & 1st October) and Sandwich (7th October). See the Novanda website for full details.
Based on the trials of Captain Rackham and his pirate crew in Jamaica in 1720, history meets myth in this real life story of the remarkable, cross-dressing women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and their fateful encounter with the infamous Jack Rackham, also known as Calico Jack.
Unlike most ‘pirate plays’, this musical tragicomedy focuses on the social and economic circumstances that led Bonny and Read to disguise themselves as men, go out to sea, and eventually join the notoriously male-dominated world of piracy. It’s a story of exceptional female bravery, adventure, and survival against all odds.
Robin Miller’s latest play, Murder by the Book, is to be produced by Rare Fortune Productions at the OSO Barnes from 16th to 20th November.
A creative writing retreat on an island. Sounds idyllic? Should be. But, when eight ill-assorted writers are cut off from the mainland by a storm, then frayed tempers, old jealousies and new resentments could possibly lead to... murder.
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.
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