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The Week Ahead

Lee Peck will be playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead from 15th December to 1st January.

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Long standing AWL member Bob Braithwaite died peacefully at home on Sunday 9th December, after a long illness. Sincere condolences to Helen and the family.

Anthony Shrubsall directs It’s A Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play at The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham from 6th December to 24th December.

This inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WMAQ Studio A for a live radio broadcast, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances. Even the cynics among us will cheer as George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that “no man is a failure who has friends.” For all ages.


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Stephen Riddle is playing Derek Parker Bowles in The Crown. He will appear in Season 3, Episode 9, which is provisionally entitled Blink and You’ll Miss Me.

On 3rd December, London Playwrights’ Workshop & Blog will publish Jane Walker’s monologue A Dark Place, one of four winning entries.

Brian Abbott is the writer for the Parrabbola iwitnesshistory project, a monthly series of audio dramas which look at historical events of all kinds, big and small, public and personal, from the eyes and in the imagined words of those who were there, or who might have been there.

The series is now avaiable on Soundcloud, including The Windrush Cycle of four stories: Leaving Barbados, HMT Windrush, Referendum Day 2016 and Freedom Night 1832.

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Amanda Reed is understudying Vanessa Redgrave in The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre.

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Alice De-Warrenne plays Coco in the first stage adaptation of the CBeebies hit show Bing. Directed by Will Tuckett, Bing Live! will tour theatres across the UK and Ireland until April 2019.

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan.

The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

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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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Future Plans

David Hampshire’s Funny Turns, first read at AWL, and subsequently published by Stagescripts, will have its premiere production at the Museum of Comedy from Tuesday 29th January to Sunday 3rd February. The director is Hayward B. Morse, with assistant director Orsolya Nagy and an all-AWL cast: Crissy Mullen, Georgia Riley, Kenneth Michaels, Mansel David, David Forest, Lewis Rae, Gregory Cox & Joan Blackham.

A discount is available for AWLies. Contact David Hampshire or any of the cast for details.

Funny Turns is a comedy set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his very average act with Sally, the love-struck daughter of his landlady Alice. Four stories inter-weave involving Alice and Sally, Norman’s best pal Victor (a conjurer), Charlie (a song and dance man), Arthur (an eccentric pianist), Laurence (an actor) and Harold Chance (an impresario). When Norman’s ex-wife speciality act Nellie Price moves into his digs, Norman’s life changes dramatically. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of ‘funny turns’.

29th Jan to 2nd Feb @ 7pm; 3rd Feb @ 3pm 2019

£14 (concs £12)

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Paddy Gormley’s verse play 2020 Visions will be premiered at the OSO in Barnes: 12th - 16th February 2019, with an all-AWL cast: Olivia Busby, Mansel David, James Price & Georgia Riley, directed by Maurice Thorogood.

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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?

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Susan Casanove has just set up in business as a headshots photographer and she’ running a special introductory offer of £80 all-in for a headshots session including 3 retouched images. Click below for details on Susan’s new website:

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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.

Hedley England a director/editor, is offering his services to provide a professional Showreel for AWL members for a reasonable price.

The AWL deal is that actors only pay for the hire of the camera, the price obviously to be agreed upon, and Hedley would give his time free to direct and edit the showreel professionally. He can provide a DVD with a menu, and also work with existing footage.

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Contact Hedley on 07984 616 711

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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