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The Week Ahead

An Evening of Conceptual Absurdity - Series 2 features plays by Martin Szalla, Liam O’Grady & Charlotte Jennings in an ensemble cast directed by Penelope Dudley, Rick Alancroft & Martin Szalla

Our second show with Evenings of Conceptual Absurdity in London, an assortment of short plays conveying weird wordings in strange situations, mad moments in front of no background, merry music and soundworks.

Sunday 24th February, Saturday 2nd March & Sunday 10th March, all at 7.00


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Martin Cort has been awarded the Olwen Wymark Award for Theatre Encouragement. The award, which is presented by the Writers Guild of Great Britain, was made on the 8th February at The Royal Court Theatre. In Martin’s thank you speech he mentioned AWL and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists as the sources of his work. Olwen Wymark was the actor/writer wife of Patrick Wymark.

Hayward B. Morse appears in Beast on the Moon at the Finborough Theatre from 29th January to 23rd February

£18 (concs £16)

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Bradley Crees is touring with The English Theatre Company until June 2019: 4 plays in rep, in countries all over Western Europe.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Peter Saracen will be playing Victor Frankenstein’s dad and other parts in a new four hander adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel at the Euro Theatre Central in Bonn, Germany rehearsing from the 2nd February and performing from the 7th to the 10th March.

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Gary James’ book, Spangles, Glam, Gaywaves & Tubes, has been published and will be available in bookshops on 28th February.

This is the story of a young boy from the rough side of Tunbridge Wells (yes, there is one). A boy born in black and white (as his parents couldn’t afford colour) who would survive the trauma of terrifying 1960s children’s TV puppet shows and public information films, a family break up and being a gay teenager through the Glam Rock 1970s, to go to London and become part of the new wave of youth culture in Punk and Disco. It’s the story of 70s and 80s youth subculture told through pioneering gay theatre productions, the world’s first ever gay radio pirate radio broadcasts and then finally becoming the first openly gay TV presenter on the seminal rock television show, The Tube.

Pre-order from Foyles: £12.99

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Ian Buckley’s play The Project, first read at AWL, will be produced at the White Bear Theatre from 5th to 23rd March 2019.

Tues-Sat 7.30 pm/Sun 4.00pm (matinee 23rd March 3.00pm)

A bleak muddy camp in a bleak muddy landscape. Bursting at the seams with harassed, worried people. And in this camp a miracle. Cabaret from the best artists in Europe in front of a camp commandant who’s especially appreciative when Anna Hilmann takes to the stage. But is this appreciation a poisoned chalice or an opportunity or both?

Tickets: £15 Concs: £12

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Tom Pauk’s stage play, Let Us Make The Flames of the Revolution Rage Furiously, is being produced by Saw It Here First Productions (Theatro Technis 2nd March) & Ink Festival, Suffolk (12th - 14th April)

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Teresa Jennings is singing in Jazzy Lunch with JKL-Jazz at the OSO on 17th March.

Also at The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham on 1st February.

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Future Plans

Rare Fortune Productions are delighted to be returning to the OSO after their sell-out success last year with Liberty Hall. Their 2019 production is another play by Robin Miller. It’s the professional premiere of Murder on Cue, which was first read at AWL in 2011, and is published by Stagescripts.

AWL members performing include Sylvia Carson, Gregory Cox, Leonora Fyfe, Julia Haythorn, Robin Miller, Carolyn Pertwee, James Price, Martin Wimbush. Maurice Thorogood is directing, and the producer is Julia Haythorn.

Gossip and old rivalries sustain the residents of Maple Lodge, a retirement home for actors, as much as dry sherry and shepherds pie. But now there’s a spate of malicious anonymous letters, a rewritten will and the home is cut off by heavy snow. Surely even the most temperamental of luvvies wouldn’t descend to...... murder? The residents join forces to solve the mystery - but this is not make-believe. Now they are performing for their lives!

8pm, plus Saturday matinee 4pm

£14 (concs, including card-carrying AWLies: £12)

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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.

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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.

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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