August – September 2018

Congrats to all those wonderful members who have been up at the Edinburgh Fringe making great work and entertaining and informing audiences – it sounds like you were all hugely successful!

We have 2 more rehearsed readings coming up this year, as well as a few table reads for which we will be looking for various talented souls amongst you. We are also looking for a director comfortable with farce for one of these table reads. Get in touch if you think that is you! So that’s lots of opportunities on the horizon!

Another Kick Up The Arts

Some of you may remember the bootcamp festival A Kick Up The Arts which we ran 5 years ago, which included masterclasses, workshops, and 7 lunchtime showcases of members’ work. We are hosting another one from 19-23 Nov at So & So @ The Bridge, and are looking for people who would like to showcase any work they are working on.

Each day will focus on a different aspect of the industry and we are offering wonderful discounts for members. It will be a bootcamp week to brush up and learn all that you need to sustain a career in the industry as it is today!

  • Monday – Entry Level
  • Tuesday – Making Your Own Work
  • Wednesday – Re-Entry
  • Thursday – Match-Fit (Movement, voice, sight-reading, and auditioning)
  • Friday – Camera Work
Check out the event page for more information and to buy tickets!
So & So members will get day tickets for £15 rather than £20 and a week ticket for £65 rather than £90! Bargain!

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Rachel Fenwick is in a short play that’s part of the Little Pieces of Gold new writing night at the Southwark Playhouse on the 23 Sep at 7pm.
  • Kat Rogers is off to Minack Theatre for a re run of Much Ado About Nothing which runs this week 27 – 31 Aug.
  • Tom Latter directs the revival of Jim Cartwright’s comedy-drama The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, staring real-life mother and daughter Sally George and Rafaella Hutchinson as Mari and LV. at the Park Theatre until 15 Sep.
  • Evy Barry is directing a play called Flotsam at the King’s Head Theatre on 8 Sep. It’s an uplifting tribute to the undeniable power of friendship about how a random encounter between two exceptional women, one desperate to die and one desperate to live, ultimately changes their lives.
  • So & So veterans Keith Myers and Becky Brown are currently sailing the seven seas working for Carnival Cruise Line. They’ve just opened Neil Simon’s California Suite on Cunard’s Queen Victoria and will open Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn on P&O’s Oriana in October. Keith is also about to direct A Night in Provence at the Mill at Sonning, in which Janine Allen plays Moira, and Becky will soon be CSM on a new play, Goal, at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford.
  • Fiona Whitelaw plays one of the leading roles in gritty Docu-drama Like. Currently in post production. Check out the trailer here!
  • Jonathan McGarrity performs in The Peregrine at the Stockwell Playhouse until 2 Sep, a new play by New York playwright Philip Holt, winner of the 2017 Stockwell Playhouse One-Act Festival bursary prize.
  • Giving up Marty by Karen Bartholomew has been programmed into the Paines Plough Roundabout Festival, Margate. It’s part of the company’s R&D on the play and this session will be interactive and exploring the perceptions around adoption and reunions. Pamela Schermann and Dorothy Lawrence are on board. Casting in September for remaining roles.
  • After finishing the summer rep season at Broadstairs, Clive Greenwood will be playing Harry Secombe in the first live tour of The Goon Show celebrating the centenary of Spike Milligan’s birth. Produced by Apollo Theatre Company in association with Spike Milligan Productions and Norma Farnes Management the tour runs from Sep-Nov.
  • Gail Louw starts a 23 venue tour of  her new work, Shackleton’s Carpenter from 5 Sep – 1 Dec.
  • Julia Sowerbutts‘s company INK, now in its 5th year, is a theatre company that sources, develops and produces the best new short plays by writers with  connections to East Anglia. Watch their 90 second promo. Entries for the 2019 Festival close on 5 Nov.
  • Pamela Schermann‘s second Opera in the City Festival is mid-way through at Bridewell Theatre. London’s new summer opera festival is a home for the unusual and shows productions which push the boundaries of classical music. Pamela has directed a well-received version of Orpheus and Eurydice and is about to showcase the world premiere of award-winning composer Simone Spagnolo’s opera Faust, Alberta, starring Benjamin Bevan (Royal Opera House, Royal Danish Opera, Welsh National Opera). Dave Spencer associate produces.
New Members
Congratulations to our new lifetime members, Linzy Attenborough, Kat Rogers, and Naomi Sachs, and welcome to Bob Paisley, Joshua Riley, Emily Carewe, and Tendai Pottinger, who join us as yearly members.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer