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Information for Membership

Benefits of Membership

AWL is a well established, formally constituted, non-profit making organisation of professional actors, writers, directors and enthusiasts.

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It is run for and by members on a purely voluntary basis. Members are actively encouraged to participate in the work of AWL in as many ways as possible, for example as writers, directors, actors, discussion chairs, readers and administrators. Many members find that active participation brings rewards in terms of experience, professional contacts and friendship.

Membership of AWL, costing £15 per year, except for those under 30, is open to all who are interested in developing and enhancing their particular skills and abilities as actors, writers and directors.

Non-members/visitors are welcome to attend our rehearsed readings. However, scripts for appraisal are only accepted from current members. You must also be a member if you wish to be cast in or to direct AWL rehearsed readings, or if you wish to assist our script appraisal process.

In return for your subscription, you will also receive:

  • Admission to meetings at a reduced charge (£5). No charge for under-30s.
  • A personal page on this website (with a link to your own website if you have one). For the under 30s, you have to come at least three times before you are entitled to a web page;
  • Announcements of your forthcoming productions in the Backstage section of the website and at meetings.

Becoming a Member

The easiest way to become a member is to come to one of our readings and pay at the door. We accept cheques if you don’t have enough cash on you. Have a look at our Readings page for details of next play reading, including venue details, subscription and entrance charges.

Brief Summary of our Activities

Brief Summary of our Activities

Writers submit their work for consideration by the group for performance in a rehearsed reading. The readings are performed during one of the group’s fortnightly meetings. There is a short rehearsal period for actors and directors. There is no remuneration for this work or for any work carried out by members on behalf of AWL.

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In order to maintain high standards, the AWL Committee, elected by the membership, have drawn up guidelines to clarify the criteria by which writing is selected, actors cast, and directors nominated to take charge of productions.

AWL continues to develop to meet the changing needs of its growing membership. Accordingly, the AWL Committee regularly review the rules governing AWL to ensure that the membership have equal opportunities to practise their skills.


To clarify the guidelines and to announce the latest developments, the AWL Committee have produced guidance notes for members wishing to participate in the activities of AWL. Click on any of the links below for the relevant set of guidelines.

Guidelines for Writers

Guidelines for Directors

Guidelines for Aspiring Directors

Guidelines for Actors

Personal Web Pages

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As a paid-up member of AWL, you are entitled to a personal web page on this site, including link from this site to your own website and other relevant website links.

Your personal page also includes an email facility, whereby you may receive emails without disclosure of your email address. In other words, anyone hoping to contact you will use a contact form what does not reveal your email address, and you may choose whether or not to reply to any email. The contact form uses the latest anti-spam technology.

These facilities are free of charge as long as you maintain your membership.

Personal pages are directly accessible without having to navigate the AWL site. Personal addresses consist of AWL’s site address followed by the member’s name, e.g.

Your page will also be linked from various locations withiin the website:

  • in the *page*biographies** of this site,
  • at the head of the Cast List for each of your plays read by AWL, and
  • in the Cast List for every AWL reading in which you participate

You are encourged to use your AWL page address on letterheads, correspondence, etc. This enables professional contacts such as casting directors and producers to review your details easily and quickly.

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