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The Week Ahead

Edmund Dehn will be appearing as Dr Carl Bosch in a staged reading of Bread From Air: The strange case of Dr Haber by Peter Lantos. It is produced by So And So Arts Club, directed by Sarah Berger, at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Wed Nov 20th in the afternoon.

Teresa Jennings is vocalist with JKL-Jazz at The Triple Crown Pub on Friday 22nd November at 8pm. Admisission free..

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Tom Jensen’s sketch China Syndrome will feature in Sketchley Park, a selection of the London Comedy Writers’ best material from the past three years, being performed at the Canal Café Theatre on 18th and 19th November

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Richard Fitchett has a new play on from 19th to 23rd November at The Bread and Roses. It is a comedy: The Great Escapers. It tells the story of three twentysomething no-hopers who are inspired by The Great Escape to carry out a heist which they believe will finance their escape from an estate in Tooting.

“Funny, ain’t it? All the ways I thought I might die: ‘buried under a Tesco’s car-park’ never crossed me mind...”

Richard is looking for a stage manager for the show – possibly even someone who wants to get involved with fringe theatre in London. If you know of anyone please contact Richard through AWL.

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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 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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The latest review of Peter Sutton’s Poems of Armenian War and Peace appears in HQ Poetry Magazine, as follows:

Poems of Armenian War and Peace is a beautifully made book of poems by Liana Hayrapetyan and her British collaborator Peter Sutton, and vivid colour plates of paintings by the artists Patricia Arbelina and Martha Moderitz. Peter Sutton’s poems are vivid and evocative. As an outsider this poet is wise enough to remain an involved observer whereas Liana Hayrapetyan is expressing her own genius as an Armenian. This fine little book, supported by the humanitarian Armenian Tekeyan Trust, does not beg for sympathy. It is a proud book and I am honoured to have read it.”

The same issue of HQ Poetry Magazine also include Peter’s new poem, Trees.

Peter Sutton will speak on The Poetry of the Sea Pictures to the Elgar Society West Midlands branch on 18th January 2020.

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Sybil Sangster (Rosemary Macvie) former ventriloquist turned map seller, has become Britain’s oldest woman, putting her longevity down to good blood and a lifelong interest in other people! There has been a string of disappearances in the local area spanning quite some time, but could there be any connection?

Produced by Simon Brandon.

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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 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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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Henry Dawe is putting on an evening of filmed sketches, comic songs and script-in-hand radio-style pieces at a private members’ club in Theatreland on Thursday 28th November. Kenneth Michaels is directing the live pieces as well as performing, and there will also be appearances by Mary Piercy (both live and filmed), Jacki Piper and Martin Wimbush (live). The show starts at 7.30pm and is scheduled to run to 9.45pm.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection to be split between the club’s Samaritan Fund and the RNIB. To book a place, please do so by e-mailing Henry at by 20 November, and the venue details will be disclosed to you.

Robert S Silver writes:

The Kiln Rooms on Bellenden Road, Peckham Rye, where I’ve been dusting off my old pottery skills for the last few months, will be having a Christmas sale of members’ work from 29th Nov (Friday 2pm-8pm) to 1st Dec 2019 (Sat & Sun 11am-6pm). Be warned, prices have gone up since I was last playing with the magic mud on a regular basis, which is not such a bad thing, and some of the makers are so talented, it hurts. See you there?

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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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Future Plans

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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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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