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The Week Ahead

Tom Pauk’s monologue Unfortunately on this Occasion will be performed at Theatro Technis on Saturday 7th March at 7.30pm as part of a weekend of new writing.

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Rare Fortune Productions present Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn at OSO in Barnes.

Directed by Maurice Thorogood and produced by Julia Haythorn. Cast includes Michael Duran, Robin Miller & Julia Haythorn.

25th February to 6th March 2020 at 7.30pm. (February 29th: 4pm and 7.30pm)


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Watch out for Martin Wimbush, in Episode 5 of Good Omens, on BBC2 at 9pm, this Wednesday. He plays Mr Scroggie, opposite Miranda Richardson, as Madam Tracy.

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The AWL committee is up for re-election in a few weeks from now.

Two members of the outgoing committee have said that they will be standing down: Jenny Patrick and Carolyn Pertwee. Brief tributes follow below.

As a result, there will be more committee places to fill than current committee members to fill them.

Please consider putting your name forward to serve on the AWL committee. It’s interesting and enjoyable work with a supportive team, and very rewarding. Talk to any member of the outgoing committee if you’d like to know more. The closing date for nominations is 23rd March.

Both Jenny and Carol have worked in a wide range of committee roles, making outstanding contributions to the development of AWL. Carol has served since 2005, and was instrumental in establishing the professional directing standards that we now take for granted. Jenny has chaired AWL for eight of the twelve years since she joined the committee in 2008. She has devoted vast swathes of time, talent and hospitality to the often unsung work of making AWL events happen happily. Her very popular AWL Showcases will be sorely missed: your last chance to catch one is on 9th March.

Nadia Ostacchini has been cast in a performed reading of The Marilyn Conspiracy at Park Theatre at 2pm on 11th March. The director is Guy Masterson, who co-wrote the play with Vicki McKellar.

ATTENDANCE LIMITED: contact Nadia asap to be sure of a place.

Edmund Dehn writes:

My friend Jake Murray, director of Elysium Theatre Co based in Durham, has recently posted a shout-out for writers. They are looking for a new Xmas show for Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland for Xmas 2020. Jake directed the last one, which was called A Viking Christmas. I thought AWL writers should have the chance to apply for this, so here goes...

Alnwick Playhouse are working in partnership, with the Queen’s Hall, Hexham and Sunderland Culture (for The Fire Station), to commission a new Christmas Performance for 2020. We are seeking a writer to work with us to produce a brand-new story for Christmas to follow the success of A Viking Christmas. We have a vision that our Christmas show will be accessible for families, entertaining and engaging for everyone 5 years old and above, but also suitable for groups of adults; light hearted and funny; moving and create a sense of wonder; the show that makes our audiences feel festive; allow our audience to interact with the performance; relevant to our Northumbria. ”

20th March 2020– Deadline to apply

Applicant doesn’t have to be from the N East (although it would be nice)!

Alice De-Warrenne plays Peppa Pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, a musical with puppets. The tour continues throughout 2020, playing at more than 100 venues in the UK and Ireland.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Tom Pauk’s short play Aristotle Says (one of the short plays under the heading PLAY performed at AWL last year) will be produced by Optik Theatre on 19th March at the Workspace Theatre Richmond.

Robin Marchal, Nadia Ostacchini, Penny Culliford & Kenneth Michaels are organising an evening of Plays and Poems on Homelessness for CaAPA at 3 different venues in the next few months.

The performance on 28th March at 7pm will be at Casa Italiana, in aid of St Peter’s Project.


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Rare Fortune Productions present Life Changes - a collection of short plays on the comings and goings of love - by Carolyn Pertwee at OSO in Barnes.

Directed by Maurice Thorogood and produced by Julia Haythorn. Cast includes Susan Casanove, Gregory Cox, Michael Duran, Edmund Dehn, Julia Haythorn, Alexander Jonas, Robin Miller, Carolyn Pertwee & Julia Haythorn.

31st March to 4th April 2020 at 7.30pm. (4th April 4pm and 7.30pm)


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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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