Monty Holender writes:
On 14th November, NLA are presenting Arnold Wesker’s Roots at Chapel Playhouse in Gray’s Inn Road with the following AWL members involved: Reetta Hyreen, Michael Duran, Tony Parkin, Samantha Parry, Kenneth Michaels, Sophie Morris-Sheppard & James Price with myself directing. This is the last of our looking at the changing presentation of women in theatre from the beginning of the last century.
Richard Fitchett has a new play on from 19th to 23rd November at The Bread and Roses. It is a comedy: The Great Escapers. It tells the story of three twentysomething no-hopers who are inspired by The Great Escape to carry out a heist which they believe will finance their escape from an estate in Tooting.
“Funny, ain’t it? All the ways I thought I might die: ‘buried under a Tesco’s car-park’ never crossed me mind...”
Richard is looking for a stage manager for the show – possibly even someone who wants to get involved with fringe theatre in London. If you know of anyone please contact Richard through AWL.
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 Simon Brandon & 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.
The Shoestring Radio Theatre production of Tom Pauk’s radio play DASH will be broadcast in the USA and Canada from 30th October.
In the USA, Shoestring Radio Theatre air on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) on KXSF - 102.5 FM (radio and Internet simulcast).
In Canada, Shoestring Radio Theatre air on different days and at different times across the country on more than 111 stations in 34 states plus Montreal.
Sybil Sangster (Rosemary Macvie) former ventriloquist turned map seller, has become Britain’s oldest woman, putting her longevity down to good blood and a lifelong interest in other people! There has been a string of disappearances in the local area spanning quite some time, but could there be any connection?
Produced by Simon Brandon.
Lewis Rae joins Tracie Bennett in the major professional revival of hit musical Mame, playing M Lindsay Woolsey.
The opens 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).
Henry Dawe is putting on an evening of filmed sketches, comic songs and script-in-hand radio-style pieces at a private members’ club in Theatreland on Thursday 28th November. Kenneth Michaels is directing the live pieces as well as performing, and there will also be appearances by Mary Piercy (both live and filmed), Jacki Piper and Martin Wimbush (live). The show starts at 7.30pm and is scheduled to run to 9.45pm.
Admission is free, with a retiring collection to be split between the club’s Samaritan Fund and the RNIB. To book a place, please do so by e-mailing Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 November, and the venue details will be disclosed to you.
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.
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.
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