November 2018

Another Kick Up The Arts was so successful – thanks to all who came along. Everyone learned so much and made brilliant connections which will no doubt pay dividends in the future! Thank you to our fabulous workshop leaders. Charlotte Bence, Abigail Longstaffe, Linzy Attenborough, Paul Clayton, Simon Sharkey, Rianna Dearden, Rachel Creeger, Marie McCarthy, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Oscar French, Butch Merigoni, Becky Wright, Colette Thomson, Sarah Berger, Frazer Blaxland, and Colin Campbell.

The next Club reading (Screen 9 by Kate Barton) will take place this Thursday at 7.30pm at So & So @ The Bridge. a documentary piece which is a culmination of over two year’s worth of research into the Aurora shootings in Colorado during a showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012. Every single line has been resourced and nothing has been fabricated.

Directed by Jelena Budimir, the cast includes Lisa Ronkowski, Joshua Riley, Sarah Finigan, and Christopher Tester. Doors will open at 7pm and latecomers for the reading at 7.30pm will not be admitted. As always, we will run our cheap bar for discussion afterwards and the event is free and unticketed – just turn up!

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Nicolette Kay directs New Shoes Theatre’s new production, Jeannie by Aimée Stuart, at the Finborough Theatre, opening this week. It runs 27 Nov – 22 Dec. A 1930s Cinderella story, it tells of a young girl from Scotland who finds a fortune and adventures to Vienna where taste in men is tested! Pamela Schermann production manages.
  • My Name is Cathy is new play being developed by Andrew Sharpe and Kat Rogers with a cast of So & So members. The play is of a woman’s rise and fall, with a coming of (middle) age, themes include a solo 50th birthday meal for one, post Blair despair, middle-class alcoholism, Ofsted, marriage breakdown, glass ceilings, and a stubbornly patriarchal family court system. They’re now arranging a workshop day early next year at one of the Club venues and need a director/facilitator. They have no funding, but could pay expenses and provide light refreshments. Please contact Kat with availability 12-31 Jan.
  • Safron Beck multi-roled the parts Brabantio, Herold, and Ludovico in an all-female Othello at New River Studios on 8-10 Nov.
  • Michelle McKay is working with Assembly Roxy to produce a new writing scratch night, Page2Stage Edinburgh. 4 extracts are selected to be performed as a directed rehearsed reading in front of an industry panel. A new and exciting event for the city. The first night kicked off 13 Nov and will run every 2 months in the first instance. For any Scottish or Edinburgh based members, we would love to see you there! Join the FB page and get involved!
  • Adèle Anderson, is touring the UK and Ireland in Dr Dolittle, starring Mark Williams. For dates, check out the website. Adèle also stars in an episode of The Romanoffs.
  • William Ilkley has agreed to remain with War Horse and The National Theatre until September 2020! He is currently appearing as Arthur Narracott in its UK Tour which started back in July 2017 – now at The Lyttleton Theatre – and the 2019/20 section of the tour will be both a UK and World Tour. William will then have done the show for just over 3 years and close to 1,000 performances!
  • Simon Willshire is performing in a showcase I’m in in London on 27 Nov. There’ll be a fantastic line up of actors performing new writing and classical pieces. He is in a duologue called A Dave with Destiny and also doing Faustus’s monologue before he’s dragged down to Hell.
  • After hugely positive feedback from the writer and publisher of her first audiobook recording of poetry by a female writer, the publishing company based in the USA have comissioned Pat Garrett to record another audiobook. She is thrilled. She has also just been cast in a lead role as Sister Margarita – a Spanish nun in an indie feature film based on a true story around the heartbreaking issue of human trafficking. Filming starts in the New Year.
  • Ariella Eshed‘s show Under The Skin, which started its life at Women and War: EXODUS last year, returns to the stage for 3 nights at the Tristan Bates Theatre 18-20 Dec.
  • Roger Goldsmith’s play Exhume is to be staged at Titchfield Festival Theatre in Feb. It will be the first staging of the play. His play Freehold is to be given an outing as one of next year’s Club readings. It has also reached the long list stage of the Traverse Theatre’s open submissions for new plays.
  • Paul Sockett will be performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Honey-Tongued Productions in late-January at The Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts. The site-specific show was also performed at Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik, Croatia in July as part of Midsummer Scene (an annual arts festival).
  • Daniel Dresner‘s A Life-Coaching Approach To Screen Acting, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, has sold over 300 copies in its first week. There is a 35% discount code GLR MP5 which can be redeemed online.
  • Sarah Shelton performs as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the English Theatre in Frankfurt, which opened on 3 Nov and running until 10 Mar. It then transfers to Munich from 26 Mar – 3 Apr.
  • Claire Louise Amias and Sarah Lawrie join creative forces in Oranges & Ink, coming to the Tristan Bates for two weeks in Mar. Written by Claire, and directed by Alex Pearson, it explores the friendship of Nell Gwyn and Aphra Behn. Follow on Twitter or email to sign up for news. Thanks too to Natalie Harper, whose ‘Glass Splinters’ showcase at the Pleasance was pivotal to the piece’s development earlier this year.
New MembersCongratulations to Gita Jairaj, Edmund Duff, Cathy Conneff, and Claudette Burke, who have joined the Club as Lifetime Members, along with Keith Chopping, who has joined as a yearly member.

Best wishes to all,Dave Spencer