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Verity Helen Lester plays Roslyn the wise woman in Shadow Road Productions’ interactive show for children, Robin Hod’s Quest in Morden Hall Park from 29th to 31st May.

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Dermot Murphy’s one-act play Not Another Word, read at AWL in September 2021, is included in the OneActs 2024 The cornerHOUSE Festival of New Plays and will be performed as part of the programme at the cornerHOUSE in Surbiton on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, and Saturday 25th May.

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Rachael Bellis plays Gayle, Olivia Gibbs-Fairley is Gen and Julie Cheung-Inhin Jessica in Sunday on the Rocks at The Bread & Roses Theatre from 22nd to 31st May. Rachael Bellis also directs.

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Gareth Armstrong’s five handed comedy, Fondly Remembered, first produced in 2015, is to be revived at Theatre at the Tabard from 22nd May to 16th June.

Is a man’s memorial service the right time to tell the truth? Reunited for the occasion, a group of friends gather to celebrate a life. But who are they remembering? A creative genius, a former lover, a bitter rival or the man who deceived them all?

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Robert Frew’s production of three of his new one-act political plays, Power and Protest, is being performed at The Drayton Arms Theatre, London SW5 at 7.30 pm. on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June.

The plays, The Palace Garden, Batavian and The Jury Room, are directed by AWL member Anna Clart and feature among the cast AWL’s Rowland D Hill.

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A must-see episode of Z Cars (1974) starring Jacki Piper is now available to watch on YouTube.

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Brad Sutherland writes:

“Join us on Wednesday 31st July at 7.30pm at the OSO Arts Centre for our summer party/showcase, where six short plays, selected from previous AWL competition winners and runners-up, will be performed. After the showcase there will be plenty of time to enjoy drinks and the company of friends in what we hope will be a beautiful and warm summer evening by Barnes Pond.

Please note that ticket numbers are strictly limited because of the capacity at the OSO. We strongly advise you to book tickets now (click below) to avoid disappointment. A discount code is available for AWLies: ask Brad for details.”

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Fiona Tong reprises her role as Gertrude in the TNT Theatre/ADG Europe production of Hamlet with ADG Europe/TNT Theatre touring Europe and Latin America until May 2024.

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Rebecca Bugeja writes:

“I am currently in a touring theatre show Murder Trial Tonight 2 throughout the UK and Ireland until July. I’m the understudy for 3 large parts, but playing a small role of Court Usher otherwise when not covering anyone.”

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Followong the recent launch of Peter Carty’s first novel, Art, there will be a further event on 3rd June at a bookshop, library and bar called Reference.Point from 7pm until 11pm: a discussion with the Observer’s architecture critic, Rowan Moore, about artists, gentrification and property, with a DJ and a light show on either side of the talk proper, which will begin at 8pm.

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Mansel David writes:

“I am reviving my Solo Performance Take Desire Away, adapted from the Poems and Letters of A.E. Housman, at Theatre at the Tabard, Turnham Green, on Monday 3rd June at 7.30pm.”

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Future Plans

Rachael Bellis appears as one of the trio of singers in Little Shop of Horrors, which will be performed in Budleigh Salterton from 31st July to 3rd August.

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Fluff, co-written and performed by Tayla Kenyon, is scheduled for Theate503 on 22nd & 23rd July. The show won Best New Piece at Birmingham Fringe Fest 2023.

“Kenyon is a captivating performer and a superlative storyteller, delivering the humour and the emotions with equal levels of intensity.”

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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.

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