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The Week Ahead

Teresa Jennings will be singing and playing flute in Jazz on Tap at the Brewery Tap in Brentford: Saturday 20th July, 8 - 9.30pm.

Local and free!

And she’s on again a few days later, as vocalist with JKL-Jazz at The Gunnersbury Tavern on Friday 26th July.

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The Bottom Line, an all too contemporary political satire - with live music and no mention of Br.x.t - written and directed by Susannah Finzi, will be performed at The cornerHouse Theatre, Surbiton, from 18th to 20th July at 7.45pm.

£10 (concs £8)

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David Hampshire’s Funny Turns is back, this time at Jermyn Street Theatre, with the same all-star, all-AWL cast that played to packed houses at the Museum of Comedy earlier this year: Joan Blackham, Georgia Riley, Kenneth Michaels, Lewis Rae, Mansel David, Crissy Mullen, David Forest, Martin Wimbush & David Hampshire, directed by Hayward B. Morse, and with sound & lighting by Orsolya Nagy.

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Alice De-Warrenne will be performing as a member of the ensemble in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe: six dates in July: 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th.

BREAKING NEWS

Alice has been cast as Peppa Pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever. It’s a musical with puppets, touring the UK and Ireland for 14 months, starting this October. At Christmas time the show will spend 6 weeks at The Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.

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Two pieces of great news...

Carolyn Lloyd-Davies submitted her recent play, #Penetration, to the BBC Writers Room and they have informed her that she has been added onto their list of writers they are interested in. Living the Drama will be producing #Penetration next year in London.

The second piece of news: another of Carolyn’s plays, Gathering Lies, has been long-listed for the Bread and Theatre Award.

Martin Wimbush can be seen in the new series of Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman, on Amazon Prime. Martin appears as Mr Scroggie, in episode 5, opposite Miranda Richardson.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Anthony Shrubsall directs a revival of the very first adventure of The Gin Chronicles with a new cast at RHACC, Parkshot, London TW9 2RE on 19th, 20th & 21st July at 7pm. Matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Ben Owora is the Foley Artist. £15.00 with a free gin and tonic!

£15

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Peter Saracen plays Sir Hugh Evans in The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Canterbury Shakespeare Festival at Tyler Hill House, Canterbury from 1st to 3rd August at 7.30pm with a 2pm Saturday matinee.

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Philip Gill performs his one-man show, Keys, co-written with Colin Williams, at Lion & Unicorn Theatre on 5th & 6th August at 8.30pm.

Keys explores what keys in our pockets can mean to one man. The play follows the story of Michael, as he navigates numerous twists and turns through his life. Throughout, Michael introduces us to a variety of characters who help tell his tale. Comedy, tragedy and nostalgia blend together as Keys asks us what it means to be human, and asks us to question how we value and measure success.

£10 (concs £7)

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Tom Jensen’s play Headhog, first read at AWL, will be performed by Beacon Productions at Paradise Green, Edinburgh, from 12th-17th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Beacon Productions are still raising funds to take the play to the Fringe. They would be grateful for your support, and any excess funds will be donated to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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Future Plans

Richard Fitchett’s play Room Service will be premiered at The Bread & Roses, Clapham, from 3rd to 7th September at 7.30.

Two actors on stage, only one of which is human. The play is a fast-paced pressure-cooker drama with both comedic and dramatic elements. Our story follows Max, self-proclaimed bloke-next-door, as he meets Zahra, a computer-generated Room Service Steward. Over the course of an hour, we see Max grapple with his reliance upon and understanding of new technologies.

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The Curious Case of Lady Fowler, a whodunit written by Stephanie Connell, will be the next play for Living the Drama’s Oxfordshire Care Home Tour in September.

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The full cast joining Tracie Bennett in the upcoming major professional revival of hit musical Mame has been revealed. It includes Lewis Rae as M Lindsay Woolsey.

The revival will 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 will play 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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David Pinner’s play, Edred, the Vampyre, will be produced at the Old Red Lion, Islington, from 29th October to 2nd November, directed by Anthony Shrubsall.

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Tom Pauk’s radio play, DASH, is to be broadcast in November 2019 (dates tba) by Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco, on 111 satellite radio stations across US and Canada.

Claire Novello’s play The Dedication, first read at AWL, will be produced at Chapel Playhouse, Bread and Roses in Grays Inn Road, directed by Kenneth Michaels.

Dates: Fri 1st November, 7.30; Sat 2nd Nov, 3pm & 7.30; Sunday 3rd Nov, 3pm & 7.30

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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 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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Services

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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