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The Week Ahead

Sarah Lawrie is the producer of Rula Lenska’s one woman show From Dzikow to Willesden Green, a one-hour piece of storytelling, in which Rula tells her mother’s extraordinary life story, from her early years as a Polish Countess, via Ravensbruck concentration camp, to life as a refugee in post-war London. Based on interviews her mother gave to BBC Radio 4 in the 1980s, the show is a verbatim piece, using storytelling, music and projections from the family photo album.

Hampton Hill Theatre, Sunday 2nd June at 2.30pm and 5.30pm, followed by Q&A


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James Price James Price is running the Wimbledon Half Marathon on June 2nd for Dementia UK, a fantastic charity that campaign for and fund specialist Dementia Admiral Nurses, and a cause close to his heart. Please click on the link if you’d like to support this.

“I’ve experienced first hand the cruelty of dementia after my wife Maria (former AWL member) was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease just over 5 years ago. I’m immensely proud of the way Maria has battled the disease, and particularly cherish the fact that when she was in the early stages of the illness she volunteered to take part in research programmes at the Dementia Research Centre at University College London. It was not always easy for her but it was motivated by a desire to help others in the future. And that is what is motivating me to do this half marathon for Dementia UK.”

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Richard Ward will be playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet at the Dorchester-on-Thames Arts Festival from 15 to 19 May 2019 at 7.30pm in Dorchester Abbey.

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Melanie Hughes has been invited to give a talk and read from her books at one of the events at the Hay book festival on the 31st May.

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Peter Saracen returns to Germany on the 23rd May for more performances of Frankenstein followed by White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at the Euro Theater Central in Bonn. The latter is a solo piece in which the script is seen for the first time when the audience are in their seats.

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Mitch Feral appears in Now Here’s A Funny Story! Tour dates April to June include Stroud, Ilminster, Glastonbury & Middlesbrough. See website for full details.

A fun sing-along evening is guaranteed for people of all ages and also a highly illuminating one for those interested in the roots of popular entertainment, the culture of the late Victorian era and The First World War. We are particularly aware of the relevance of our show to the upcoming centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War.

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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

A community play, A Time to Gather Stones, researched and written by Brian Abbott, is being performed amid the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk (“The icon of the Broads”) on Sunday 9th June as part of the Abbey’s 1000 Years! project. The production is organised by The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey in association with Norfolk Archaeological Trust.

£10, including return riverboat trip to the site.

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Dermot Murphy’s new play, Guests of the Cartel, will have its premiere in the 35th New Writing One Act Festival at Stockwell Playhouse.

MedellĂ­n, Colombia, 1989. When the Colonel and the Lieutenant want to enforce the law, Oscar and Jenny find themselves caught between the police and the cartel, and their daughter is a pawn in the game. Everyone is playing to win, but how many winners can there be?

Many thanks to the LondonSchool Trust which has given a grant to support this production.

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Future Plans

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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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.

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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