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Around the World in Eighty Days, adapted by Jonathan Kaufman and Jane Walker from the book by Jules Verne, runs from Saturday 31st July to Sunday 8th August. This musical version features live accompaniment by jazz band Red Hot and Blue and original songs and music by Paul Tornbohm. Join Phileas Fogg on his global quest in a promenade production around Mayow Park, Sydenham.

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Adam Courting will be playing Lord Berowne, Lady Katherine and Sir Nathaniel in this summer’s Open Bar tour of Fullers’ pub gardens from 13th July to 18th August.

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Click below to hear Christopher Owen being interviewed by Sean Styles of BBC Radio Merseyside about Chris’ story Ellen, which is set during the 1915 Liverpool riots, after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German U-Boat.

Ellen is included in his recently published book, America Awaits Us, My Lovely and other Stories.

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Edmund Dehn writes:

Tune in to our web series Lear Alone, which screens an episode a week starting on Sunday 11th July from 6pm. Episode 2 a week later. There will be 5 episodes in all.

It is effectively a 1-Dehn version of King Lear, using every line of Lear’s from Shakespeare’s 1st Folio and nothing else. The project is produced by Sarah Lawrie and directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

We are fortunate to be partnered by the charity Crisis. Although the episodes are free to view, there will be a donate button on screen: every penny you give, if you do, will go to Crisis to help people experiencing homelessness. You have to register with Scene Saver, but it’s free.

We are also very lucky to be partners with Elysium Theatre Company and indeed to have received Arts Council funding!

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Stephen Riddle tells us there have been a couple of changes to the open air tour of Richard II, in which he will appear as John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. Most dates are unchanged, but the tour will no longer visit Wales and will instead have a short London run.

From 31 Aug to 3 Sept it will play The Garden Theatre at The Eagle in Kennington Lane. As this theatre seats only 50 early booking is recommended.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Edmund Dehn plays Otto in Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman at the Bread and Roses theatre in Clapham from 17th to 21st Aug: 7pm with a 2pm matinee on 21st.

A story of two men struggling to find the courage and reason to live, love and to be the best possible version of themselves. It begins with an elderly man hugging a wall for comfort while apparently being threatened by a young hoodie, but nothing is quite what it seems in this intriguing two-hander.

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Sarah Lawrie’s one-woman show, The Good Dad, A Love Story, by Gail Louw, runs at the Hope Theatre, Islington, from 31st August to 11th September. Anthony Shrubsall directs.

The whole family knew he was a good dad. But he wasn’t well, he had a weak heart, so they gathered around him to protect him - from everything, because he really was a good dad. And Donna was special; he loved her the most. So why is Donna in prison?

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Future Plans

Martin Wimbush and Sally Bayly have compiled a musical revue, So, Where Did It All Go Wrong?, which they will perform as part of the Rye Arts Festival on 25th September at 7.30pm and on 26th September at 3pm. The Musical Director is Malcolm Newton.

A light hearted, fun-filled entertainment in a cabaret setting, looking at some of the pitfalls in show business. So, top up your glass from the bar and enjoy the brilliant writing of Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Dorothy Parker, Clive James, David Niven, Michael Bentine, W.C. Fields, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and classic songs from Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Nash. It promises to be an entertaining show - if it isn’t, you know who to write to!

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Rare Fortune Productions presents its long-delayed production of Life Changes, a sequence of plays by Carolyn Pertwee, at the OSO from 14th to 17th October. Maurice Thorogood directs.

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Services

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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