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Lavan Jeyarupalingam plays King Claudius in the All In Actors production of Hamlet at the Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone: Thursday 25th & Saturday 27th July at 7.30pm; Sunday 28th July at 1.00pm.

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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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Melanie Ensor is the writer of the short comedy film Tried and Tested with an all-AWL cast - Rachael Bellis, Mansel David & Peter Saracen, directed by Martin Szalla. Click below to see the film on YouTube.

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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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Laura Fitzpatrick plays Mrs Kitty Warren in the SHAW2020 Theatre Company production of Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Brockley Jack (16th - 20th July), Shaw’s Corner (open air: 26th & 27th July), Campus West Theatre (Welwyn Garden City: 28th July) and Theatre at the Tabard (7th - 9th August)

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Ianthe Bathurst appears in Knives and Forks by Danielle James (Royal Court Young Writers), previewing at Riverside Studios from 15th to 21st July, then at the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh from 31st July to 24th August.

Iris and Thalia. Thalia and Iris. Two friends. A friendship. A friendship slowly crumbling. Laughter. Blood. Joy. Lies. Time moves different when you know it’s all coming apart.

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The digitally mastered studio production of Paddy Gormley’s verse play 2020 Visions is now available free of charge on YouTube.

Cast: Maurice Thorogood, Olivia Busby, Sophie Morris-Sheppard, Sarah Lawrie & Georgia Riley.

For ease of listening, the audio recording has been serialised in seven episodes. The website is directly linked to YouTube, so a single click below is all you need to start listening.

In 2020 Visions, Alec, aged 80 in the year 2020, recalls the three love affairs that shaped his life: with Belinda 1960, Natasha 1980 & Lucy 2000.

Each of the characters in the past visions has a unique, personal verse scheme, and the schemes interact and evolve in the course of the play.

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Kenneth Michaels will be directing 3 touring productions for White Horse Theatre this summer in Germany: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Promised Land (a play about the plight of refugees) and Fear in the Forest (a spooky children’s play!) - all destined to tour several countries in Europe for the next 10 months..

The 2024/5 White Horse Theatre tour cast includes Katherine Alpen & Joseph Creaser.

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Martin Wimbush writes:

My dear friends,

Some of you may be aware that last year I was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease - quite a shock - and I’ve been dealing with it ever since - or, as they say, managing it ever since. It’s been very difficult, but I’m coping with the changes, down here in Rye, supported by my darling Marie, a wonderful team of medical experts and lovely carers, who come in each morning and help me get ready for the day. The main problem is my muscle weakness, which means even the simplest of tasks, like fastening buttons, holding a pen, or putting socks on, becomes time consuming and, I’m afraid, I’ve had to give up driving, which is a big wrench. I’m pottering around the house, but am struggling with my mobility outside and can only walk a short distance without severe back pain. So, that’s why you’re not seeing me at AWL these days. However, I am keeping in touch and am always interested to hear what’s going on - in other words, like that great number from Elaine Stritch ’I’m Still Here.’ What I am trying to do is to encourage any of you who would like to visit us, to come down to Rye, maybe for a little lunch or a tea time catch up. It’s only 2 hours on the train (half the time if you take the fast train from St Pancras) and we’d be delighted to see you. Dear Greg and Robin have been down a number of times, Peter and Penny came to see my last show and I’ve had lovely lunches with Paddy, Stephen and dear Teresa, who came to see us recently. It’s been lovely to see them again.

I do miss you all. The bond we share as actors and writers is very special and that bond is just as special, wherever we are, whether it’s in a room at the Polish Centre in Ravenscourt Park, or in a room in Rye in East Sussex, the bond is there, uniting us and keeping us close - close to each other, as family.

On we go!

Love,

Martin x

CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR AN AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION ON YOUTUBE, IN WHICH MARTIN REFLECTS ON HIS LIFE AS AN ACTOR, AND TALKS CANDIDLY ABOUT HIS PRESENT CONDITION.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Brad Sutherland writes:

“We’re having a summer party, so please join us and bring as many friends and family members as you can. It is sure to be a great evening at the theatre on Barnes Green, beside the pond. There will be eight previous competition winning plays to entertain you, and food, drink and familiar friendly faces to make you merry on what we expect will be a warm summer evening. It is also a fundraiser to raise money for the OSO Arts Centre (where many of us have performed).

31st July at 7.30pm. Tickets are only £12 but AWLies get a 10% discount until Sunday 21st July: ask Brad for the code.”

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Mansel David plays Arnold Ridley in Were You Anyone Before Dad’s Army? The Missing History of Private Godfrey, written by Nicolas Ridley, at the Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight, 2nd to 4th August.

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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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Teresa Jennings has a jazz gig Sunday, 18th August at 6 o’clock at the Northumberland Arms Brentford. Free entry.

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Future Plans

Maurice Thorogood’s play May I Borrow Your Husband? permieres at the OSO in Barnes from 2nd to 5th October.

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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.

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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