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SCHEDULE OF READINGS

AWL meets at 7.30 pm on alternate Mondays (with breaks at Christmas and in the summer months) in the 4th floor bar at The Polish Centre, 238 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 0RF. (Please do not use this address for correspondence.)

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SAFETY FIRST

AWL’s primary concern must be to ensure the safety and well-being of all our members, and of our hosts at the Polish Centre.

A number of AWL members have shared terrible stories of friends and family, including young people, whose lives have been ruined by Long Covid, sometimes even now after a year since contracting the disease. So please be sensitive to others’ feelings when you’re at AWL.

We would urge anyone not yet vaccinated, and therefore likely to be more infectious, to take a lateral flow test before coming to a meeting, and ask anyone who feels unwell or tests positive, not to attend.

What's On?

Next Meetings: 2022

7 November
TBA
21 November
Closing date for competition submissions Seminar for Murder by Harry Saks Interview with David Pinner
5 December
19 December
Competition: Theme: In another part of the forest

Open to AWL Members only.

Write a short play: five minutes minimum and TEN MINUTES MAXIMUM relating to the theme: “In another part of the forest”.

Plays should be for a minimum reading time of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. If you are not certain just how long your script will take, be advised that an average page (a mixture of longer and very short speeches) in 14pt Times New Roman font, lasts about 1 minute. It is also worthwhile taking a few minutes to time your entry by reading it as if in performance.

It is important that all writers are present when their plays are performed. Please do not submit a competition script unless you intend to be there. If you subsequently find that you will be unable to attend on Competition Night, please let the organiser know immediately, so that arrangements can be made to select an alternative entry.

Please preface your entry with notes on the characters, a brief summary of the content, and, for purposes of anonymity during selection, submit under a pseudonym rather than your own name.

As we usually receive more scripts than we can schedule on these occasions, entries will be reviewed by a selection panel. Bear in mind that it’s only a bit of fun. It is better not to enter at all if you can’t stand the thought of your play not being selected.

To avoid any confusion, please choose a name for your play that is not the same as the competition theme.

Give AT LEAST TWO copies of your script (more if there are numerous parts to read) to Wally Sewell at an AWL meeting. Wally will keep a register of entrants’ names but will not pass on this information. He will play no part in the selection process.

The same degree of anonymity will be preserved on the evening of the competition itself, when the selected scripts will be presented under pen names until the winners have been decided by vote.

2023

9 January
TBA
23 January
TBA
6 February
TBA
20 February
TBA
6 March
TBA
20 March
TBA
3 April
TBA

Admission Charges

Under 30s

Under 30s (identification required) pay a reduced admission charge of £2. No subscription charges.

Members

Members pay an annual subscription of £15, plus an admission charge of £5.

Non-Members

Our meetings are open to everyone, subject to an admission charge of £7.

Meetings are held in the bar on the 4th floor of the Polish Centre.

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