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The Week Ahead

Here’s a second chance to experience an evening of Brad Sutherland’s plays from the online dating world, recently presented at the OSO: the show will run from Tuesday 30th May until Saturday 3rd June at the White Bear in Kennington. As before, the director is Orsolya Nagy, and the all-AWL cast is Simon Brandon, Laura Fitzpatrick, Gavin Fleming & Samantha Parry.

An unpleasant reunion, a shattered marriage, a lesson in how not to end a relationship, a woman nobody wants to upset, and a rejected female who’s hungry for revenge. Adults of all ages go searching for love, sex and excitement, but what awaits them is the unexpected...

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Nadia Ostacchini writes:

“Kinship Poetry Anthology – Poetry Competition – Renard Press – Free Entry

Open to: anyone, anywhere, any age. The organisers are particularly keen to hear from those who do not consider the aspect of kinship they’re writing about to be represented in traditional or mainstream media. Poetry length: up to 100 lines or 750 words, only one (must be previously unpublished) poem per applicant. 1st prize: £200; 2nd prize: £100. Closing date for entries: 17th June.

See website for full details.”

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Gregory Cox appeared as Vincent Chapel in the 10th May episode of Doctors on BBC1

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Peter Saracen thanks the AWLies who came to see Much Ado in which he appears as Leonato. Following several London screenings the film is now available on various online platforms, Amazon, iTunes, AppleTV, Google Play, YouTube, Sky Store, etc. Click below for links.

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Carolyn Pertwee writes, on behalf of the Royal Variety Charity:

“The Royal Variety Charity is open to applications for grant support. The charity supports those who have worked professionally for five years and more in the entertainment industry and find themselves facing financial difficulties due to unexpected hardship, ill health, unemployment, bereavement or other unexpected events. All applicants musat be prepared to provide, in confidence, full information about the circumstances supporting their application.”

See the Royal Variety Charity website for eligibility criteria and an on-line application form.

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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Teresa Jennings plays Mary Rooney in a national tour of The Verdict until July 2023: eighteen main stages in England, Wales and Ireland.

“The Powerful Bestselling Courtroom Thriller that inspired a multi Academy Award-Nominated film”.

The nearest venue for AWLies is Churchill Theatre, Bromley: 13th to 17th June.

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John Karter is one of the speakers at this year’s Marlow Literary Festival on Saturday 17th June. He will be speaking on the subject of Language.

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Future Plans

Rare Fortune Productions presents the premiere of Nicolas Ridley’s play From This Day Forward, directed by Maurice Thorogood, at the OSO, Barnes, from 19th to 23rd July.

Set in an alternate reality, 3 couples meet in a state-run facility and have just a few hours to make a life-changing decision. But can happiness really be mandated by the government? And how can laws and regulations make sense of the chaos of love and attraction? As the night gives way to morning, they are forced to decide. Both fantastical but all too believable, From This Day Forward explores the nature of the married state and the rules that govern it. Will you guess which marriage survives?

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David Hampshire’s Funny Turns, first read at AWL and having already had two sold-out London productions, transfers to Grove Theatre, Eastbourne from 7th to 12th November. The play is directed by Maurice Thorogood. Cast includes David Forest, Mansel David, Crissy Mullen & David Hampshire.

Set in a theatrical boarding house in 1935. Struggling comedian Norman Tate passes his time rehearsing his average act with Sally, the daughter of his landlady Alice. When Norman’s ex-wife Nellie Price moves into his lodgings it sets in motion a chain of events which changes Norman’s life forever. A tale of humour, heartbreak and eventual redemption which demonstrates that life is indeed full of Funny Turns.

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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.

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AWL Members who have had their websites created recently: Carolyn Pertwee, David Hampshire, Julia Haythorn and Hedley England

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