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The Week Ahead

Friday April 26, 7.30pm. The Torriano Meeting House, London NW5.

James Joyce’s final novel, published in 1939, is usually described as ‘difficult’. But it is also inventive, freewheeling, lyrical in parts, earthy and hilarious in others. We’ll be opening a door to this dreamworld with readings by Teresa Jennings and Oengus Macnamara, and music from Joolie Wood, Ian Hothersall and Mark Kluzek.

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Tricolore Theatre Company, in pertnership with CaAPA and Ghirelli, present Eastertide Stories, a series of heartwarming tales for Eastertide on Radio Maria England, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 9th April to 9th May.

The writers are Penny Culliford, Hélène Le Bohec, David Hampshire, Kate Glover, Viv Lake & Richard Fitchett.

The performers are Nadia Ostacchini, Teresa Jennings & Kenneth Michaels.

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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.”

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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 this year. We opened at Sadler’s Wells, and played at The Adelphi Theatre. Next West End booking is The Aldwych on 17th March. No other London dates as of yet, apart from the outskirts like Beck Theatre in Hayes, Wycombe Swan, Windsor Theatre Royal and Bromley for example, but I will let you know if any others do get added! 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

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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Future Plans

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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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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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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