April 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended the reading on Thursday for Gail Louw‘s Miss Dietrich Regrets. It was a fabulous night, wonderfully performed by Virginia Stride and Alexis Leighton, directed by Ariella Eshed, and assisted by Emily James

There are still some slots for castings for the next reading, All Stops To East Bedlam by Stewart Permutt tomorrow. Casting breakdown below.

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Hilary Spiers has been commissioned by Stamford Arts Centre to write and produce a piece of immersive theatre for the Stamford Georgian Festival in Sep 2019, based on the visit to the town of the legendary tragedienne Mrs Sarah Siddons. Also in Sep 2019 Stamford Shoestring Theatre will stage Hilary’s comedy Ladybird, Ladybird at Stamford Theatre.
  • Amelia Sciandra is writing a column called “Only In This Industry…” and is asking actors and artists to send her stories that are unique, funny, angry ridiculous and could only happen in this industry. Please contact her via email at and you could see your story on Backstage.com!
  • Anna Harwich is in The Lost Ones, one of two videos for Going, Gone at the Jerwood Space for the Jerwood/FVU awards. The theme of Going, Gone was originally chosen to coincide with Britain’s departure from the European Union, but instead comes at a time when heated debate goes on and on.
  • Rebecca Hands-Wicks will be appearing in fellow member DHW Mildon’s See You Next Tuesday as part of a new writing night about taboos at the Lion & Unicorn on 15 and 16 Apr.
  • Having just finished It’s Temporary by Catalina Blackman at the Old Red Lion – produced by Neon Avenue Productions – Emily Swain is off to Pakistan in April to play in an all female hander production of Conan Doyle’s Scandal in Bohemia commissioned by the British Council.
  • Jake Murray directs Miss Julie with his Elysium Theatre Company, at the Gala Theatre, The Exchange, and the Majestic Theatre, all in the North East of England. The tour runs until 4 Apr.
  • Dominic Rye appears in The Jungle Book at Derby Theatre between 5 – 20 Apr. The show will have fully integrated BSL Interpretation and Captioning.
  • Patrick Moy will be appearing in The Omission of the Family Coleman at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, directed by Laurence Boswell, from 28 Mar until 27 Apr.
  • Krissi Bohn performs as Millie Sildnes in Intemperance at the New Vic Theatre from 5 – 20 Apr.
  • Pamela Schermann directs the European premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash at the Park Theatre from until 20 Apr, a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer. The cast includes Karren Winchester as the diplomat Ms Nevers. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Oranges & Ink, by and starring Claire Louise Amias as Aphra Behn with Sarah Lawrie as Nell Gwyn, plays at The Tristan Bates Theatre this week.
New Members

Congratulations to Jane Cafarella and Mark Heywood who have joined us as Lifetime members, and Bridget Luff who has joined as a yearly member.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer