February 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to January’s Club reading of Stalag XXb by Tommy Kearney. It was a hugely successful and emotional evening, and was enjoyed by all. Thanks also to actors Alexander Allin, Frazer Blaxland, Nicholas Delvalle, Jonathan McGarrity, Eavan Murphy, and Chris Orr, and of course director Sarah Berger.

This month’s reading will be Freehold by Roger Goldsmith, directed by Terry Iland, with assistance by Emily James, will be held on 28 Feb at So & So @ The Bridge. Doors at 7pm, kick off at 7.30pm – you know the drill!

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Fiona Whitelaw‘s feature film Acceptable Damage has its premiere at Regent St Cinema 7.30pm on 7 Mar.
  • Sarah Berger is just about to return to Kyrgyzstan to direct a production at the American University in Bishkek. She will also be working on We Are Here during this time. Safe travels!
  • Jon Hare held the first readthrough for his new Christmas musical, Set the Moose Loose at Jerwood Space at the end of January, with So & Sos Helen Phillips, Rachel Fenwick, and Stewart Briggs taking part. An incredibly useful evening with plenty of excellent feedback to work on developing the piece.
  • Pippa Winslow is about to start rehearsals for Gershwin’s Strike Up The Band at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. This production is the 1927 original version described as a dark satire on America’s war-mongering over a trade deal, running 6-31 Mar.
  • Srabani Sen will be performing in a play called The Date at the Southwark Playhouse. It’s part of an evening of short plays called Xposed.
  • David Mansel is appearing as ‘Alec80’ in 2020 Visions by Paddy Gormley, directed by Maurice Thorogood, at OSO Arts Centre from 12-16 Feb.
  • Pat Garrett is beyond excited to have been cast as the 2nd lead to the main character in an exciting new video game. She’s only recently got into voice-over work so is particularly thrilled about getting this. She’s also mid-recording her second audiobook by a female writer. Finally, she is playing a leading role of Spanish nun Sister Margarita in an indie feature film based on a true and heartbreaking story about human trafficking, starting filming at the end of Feb.
  • Annette Holland will be performing in Colder Than Here by Laura Wade at The Maltings Arts Theatre on 14-16 Feb.
  • Mandi Symonds is playing Wagner in Marlowe’s  Dr Faustus at the Globe in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. She is also in the Dark Night of the Soul anthology playing Dr Brandt in Recompense by Athena Stevens, also at the Globe.
  • The premiere of Roger Goldsmith’s play Exhume is to be staged at the Titchfield Festival Theatre as part of their New Play season from 25 Feb to 2 Mar.
  • Leo Kellegren-Parker‘s venture LIVR has gone live. Check out this fantastic new venture – the home of VR theatre! An affordable subscription-based virtual content platform of live performances on-demand and from the comfort of home.
  • Silvana Maimone performs in Call Me Fury at VAULT Festival from 13-17 Feb, a ferocious exploration of the witch trials, and womanhood in a world where the people around you, the legal system, the whole social order don’t seem to give a damn. Sound familiar?
  • Louise Templeton is joining the company of Noel Coward’s A Song at Twilight for the UK tour, Feb to Apr, starring Simon Callow and Jane Asher, directed by Stephen Unwin, a Theatre Royal Bath production.
  • Uked! – the first play-along ukulele musical – written and produced by Jane Cafarella, will premiere at the Guildford Music Hall in Central Victoria from 21-30 Jun.
  • Genevieve Dunne will be performing at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1927’s critically acclaimed The Animals and Children Took to the Streets from 19 Feb – 16 Mar.
  • Paul Clayton‘s The Ruffian on the Stair by Joe Orton at the Hope Theatre has received rave reviews and must close this Saturday, so do go along and support!
  • Pamela Schermann directs the European premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash at the Park Theatre from 27 Mar, a passionate love story between a spirited young Egyptian and an idealistic British writer.
  • Jelena Budimir directs Beast on the Moon at the Finborough Theatre, with Claire Cartwright assisting. Must close 23 Feb.
  • Oranges & Ink, by and starring Claire Louise Amias as Aphra Behn with Sarah Lawrie as Nell Gwyn, plays at The Tristan Bates Theatre from 27 Mar until 6 Apr.
  • Anthony Shrubsall directs The Project featuring fellow So & Sos Faye Maughan and Nick Delvalle, playing 5-23 Mar at the White Bear Theatre.
  • Sidney Kean plays in Berberian Sound Studio at the Donmar Warehouse until 30 Mar.
  • Motormouse Productions present Are You Kidding Me? – a Comedy of Unequal Equals by Karen Bartholomew, a short play for Cockpit Pound Night on 18 Feb, with Karen also performing.
  • Sarah Shelton is in snowy Frankfurt performing  as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the English Theatre there, until 10 Mar. It then transfers to Munich from 26 Mar – 3 Apr.

New Members

Congratulations to Claire Cartwright, who has joined the Club as a Lifetime Member, along with Claudia Roncallo, and Emily James who have joined as yearly members.

Best wishes to all,Dave Spencer