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Are you lonely or bereft without AWL meetings? Then join Stephanie Connell’s on-line meetings, every Monday until 13th July.

Strictly AWL members only. Contact Stephanie for details: awlstephanieconnell@gmail.com

Simon Brandon, Catherine Harvey & Mary Drake perform in A Pink Moon, a new short play by Richard Fitchett, via Zoom on Wednesday 8th July at 7pm, in collaboration with UK Footlights and the Dramatists’ Guild of America. Orsolya Nagy directs.

A Pink Moon is free to watch and about 50 minutes long.

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Brian Abbott writes:

I have been “distance working/writing/researching” on a theatre project for Newham, North East London, which had to be changed to an audio project because of the current situation.

It’s now a set of four ten minute monologues/dialogues, covering the history of the people of Newham from the 15th century, but mainly 1916 through to 2021 (post-Covid, hopefully).

Our fellow AWL member Joan Blackham has done a fantastic performance of the opening one.

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A monologue by Dermot Murphy performed by Laura Fitzpatrick, for cornerHOUSE, cH-online.

Life is tough under lockdown. A mother tells her best friend about her concerns for her ten-year old son, and how she feels let down by his school. Is there anything she can do about the situation?

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A monologue by Dermot Murphy performed by Adil Hassan, for cornerHOUSE, cH-online.

Malik wants to earn some pocket money, but it’s not that easy, especially with those two around. Is there any way to keep what he gets?

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Click the link below for a YouTube video of Paddy Gormley’s submission to the OSO’s This House Is Now Open initiative. It’s a performance of Paddy’s Mistaken Identity by Isabella Mansell and Phoebe Mansell, directed by Timothy Coleman.

All AWL members are invited to join the initiative. Visit the OSO website or contact Paddy for further details.

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With children and extended families across the borough not being able to meet up during lock down, Richmond Council is launching a series of virtual bedtime stories with volunteers from Richmond Talking. Click the link to hear Robin Miller reading Counting Sheep by Pippa Chorley.

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Click below to hear Maurice Thorogood performing Lord Cut-Glass from Dylan ThomasUnder Milk Wood. Sound design is by Paddy Gormley. Listen through headhones to experience the full effect.

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Reetta Hyreen writes:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve got an acting job in Finland, starting in August and the contract is for a year. I’m flying out to Helsinki on this Friday and will be in quarantine for 2 weeks in a little hut in Turku (well in the very countryside end of the city). The theatre I’ll be working in is in Tampere, but we’ll also be touring all over Finland. The corona situation in Finland is actually quite good, and places are opening step by step, so I’m hoping that we actually can start rehearsing with our little ensemble in August. My plan is to come back to London when my work in Finland is finished, so will see you at AWL later.”

Simon Brandon writes:

I am currently creating a short light-hearted comedy film called: Last Fish Finger In The World, which I hope will bring a few smiles and chuckles. The film is being filmed during lockdown and stars AWL members: Carolyn Pertwee, Edmund Dehn, Gregory Cox, Robin Miller, Simon Fisher-Becker, Hilary Field, Susan Casanove, Alexander Jonas and Simon Brandon. More details on a social media release date soon.

Click below to hear Tom Jensen’s short play The Wrong Men, first read at AWL, as part of a podcast recorded in February at PodUK 2020 in Birmingham. Tom’s play begins about 12 minutes into the podcast.

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Future Plans

Peter Saracen will be playing Adam in Short Memory by Richard Roques, a new play about Alzheimer’s, short selling and Handel’s Messiah at the Waterloo East Theatre.

Postponed until further notice

Rare Fortune Productions production of Life Changes by Carolyn Pertwee has been postponed until Spring 2021.

Kate Glover’s play Mayflower is booked to run at the OSO from 17th to 21st November. Kenneth Michaels directs.

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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