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The Week Ahead

Brad Sutherland and Tom Jensen will be at the Bread and Roses theatre for the 3pm matinee on Saturday 11th February, when the programme will include two of their plays:

Babysitting the cheese by Brad Sutherland;

Judge, Jury and Executioner by Tom Jensen.

The plays will also be included in the evening performance at 7pm.

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Peter Saracen & Edmund Dehn star in the latest revival of Wally Sewell’s play: Orbits. Anthony Shrubsall directs. OSO 8th to 10th February 2023.

In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht arrived in America where he met English actor and Hollywood star Charles Laughton. Attracted to each other like celestial objects, they embarked on translating and adapting Brecht’s play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton playing the lead, while history, in the form of the the atomic bomb and the House Un-American Activities Committee, exerted its pull.

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Stephen Riddle will play Joel in Ghost Light, a new backstage musical about a former child star now trapped in an abusive marriage. Written by Molly O’Gorman (BBC’s Only Connect), Ghost Light launches in a 75-minute version at The Golden Goose from 14th to 18th February.

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Alexander Jonas plays Spike Milligan in Episode 5 of Funny Woman on Sky Max and NOW, starring Gemma Arterton and Rupert Everett. Series launches 9th February.

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Rowland D Hill’s collection of short stories (nominated for the Eyelands International Book Awards in 2019) has finally been published (under Rowland’s name D.R. Hill).

House Clearance is available through online book stores - Waterstones, Blackwells, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It can be acquired as a printed or e-book. Click below to buy from Blackwells.

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Stephanie Connell is understudying Sylvia, played by Diane Keen, in the National Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Bill Kenwright production of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling nationwide tour, 23rd January to 15th May.

Directed by RSC co-artistic director designate Tamara Harvey, and Hannah Noone. The cast include Jessica Ransom, Neil McDermott, Matthew Douglas, Cassie Bradley and Shanez Pattni.

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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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Further Events in the Month Ahead

Jane Walker’s short piece Throwback Thursday will be part of an evening of short plays on the theme of love and heartbreak in the future. Love Bytes: Futureshock, Saturday 18th February, 7:30pm at The Sydenham Centre.

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Peter Saracen plays Leonato in the Shakespeare Sisters film production of Much Ado, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic using the original dialogue. Prince Charles Cinema, 25th February. The film won Best Feature at the London Independent Film Festival.

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Future Plans

An evening of Brad Sutherland’s plays from the online dating world is to be produced at the OSO from 16th to 18th March 2023: five serious comedies that unmask the torment and joy of internet dating. The director is Orsolya Nagy.

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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Paddy Gormley’s book, Language with Altitude, is to be published by Troubador on 28th April 2023. A book launch is being planned for early May, to include readings by AWLies.

Language with Altitude is a practical guide to reason, rhetoric, rhythm and rhyme, enabling you to channel the primeval power of language and write richly evocative words that capture readers’ attention, stir imagination and raise spirits. Language with altitude is not just for playwrights. It’s for everyone who needs to deliver engaging and compelling text: politicians, poets, presenters, performers, persuaders, professors, prose writers, philanderers, philosophers, philanthropists, prelates, priests … people in every walk of life.

Whether you’re a practised professional or a beginner writer, Language with Altitude will transport you to new heights of creative and analytical writing.

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Services

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.

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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