October 2018

We have so nearly confirmed all the exciting workshops and workshop leaders for Another Kick Up The Arts! We have some really fantastic events on offer so I urge you to click here and check it out!!

Thank you to those who participated in the workshop read of Darren Brealey‘s farce, Mayhem At Mumbles Manor, directed by Terry Iland, marvellously performed by Amy Allen, Will Richards, Peter Saracen, Sue Swallow, Louise Templeton, Kathy Trevelyan, Paul Valentine, and Becky Wright.

Lots and lots and lots of you are hugely busy right now, so without further ado, let’s find out what’s going on with all our fabulous members!

What Our Members Are Up To

  • Richard Fitchett has the first fifteen minutes of Room Service, a work-in-progress, on at The Bread and Roses Platform on 1, 2, and 3 November. ‘When room service knows what you want before you do.’ If you come, please let Richard know on the evening so he can buy you a drink! Bribery completely intentional.
  • Breaking the habit of touring the UK dressed as Nonnberg Nuns in The Sound of Music, Pippa Winslow and Tammy Davies, bring their transatlantic Welsh/American double act, Make It A Double, to Live At Zedel’s Crazy Coqs for one night only with comedy and some of musical theatre’s best loved tunes from Wicked, We Will Rock You and many more.
  • 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).
  • Roger Goldsmith’s play, Runaway has its UK premiere in Southsea for a three-night run  following a successful run in Toronto in 2017. A two hander, the play tells the story of a teacher who runs off with one of his female students.
  • In November, Michael Gabe will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Forum Theatre Billingham.
  • Tony Earnshaw‘s Sex is Another Language – the life, lusts and loves of Elizabeth Taylor – enters its second run 24-26 Oct in London and Dorking. Love, loyalty, betrayal, tragedy, hatred and adulation. Elizabeth Taylor knew them all.
  • Kathy Trevelyan will perform in a staged reading of Zombiegate on 26 Oct as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Pitch Your Play scheme.
  • Kathy also travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon with Alymkul Isakov, a leading Kyrgyz actor, and the Kyrgyz Ambassador last Monday to do a short excerpt from a play in Shakespeare’s garden. She was invited by the Shakespeare Centre, and had a lovely reception and ‘backstage’ tour that includes the archives, where she got to see and touch a Second Folio and a first edition of Hollinshed.
  • Amanda Reed is delighted to announce she is part of the company of the amazing epic piece, The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre. She is understudying the legend that is Vanessa Redgrave and enjoying every moment of my West End experience, after a gap of almost 8 years! Amanda says that it seems the older she get the more castable she becomes. Miss Redgrave was indisposed last night (Tuesday) and Amanda went on for her – congrats Amanda!
  • 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.
  • Anyone who’d like to attend Kenneth Rea‘s Outstanding Actor Masterclass in London on 3 and 4 Nov, please email for full details. Ken has three places left. We’ll be looking at developing your individuality, imagination and presence in auditions, rehearsals and performances. We’ll also cover techniques for getting greater detail in character choices. And powerful strategies for a more successful career as an actor.
  • Ros Adler was featured in Eastenders Last Thursday and Friday) – enjoy her in the Queen Vic and catch up on iPlayer!
  • Sarah Shelton performs as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the English Theatre in Frankfurt, opening on 3 Nov and running until 10 Mar. It then transfers to Munich from 26 Mar – 3 Apr.
  • Mike Elliston‘s TRAILER/Trash is officially listed on the UK site as an Amazon bestseller in all three categories in which it features – congrats Mike.
  • Sarah Berger directs Thelma Ruby and Sean Baker in Momma Golda, a revival of the brilliant piece by Thelma concerning Golda Meir, based on William Gibson’s Golda. It plays on Sundays and Mondays at the King’s Head Theatre, with two performances having sold out already, so grab your tickets fast!
  • Fiona-Jane Weston gives a special centenary Armistice Sunday performance of her show Wartime Women at the King’s Head on 11 Nov, marking 100 years since the Great War and the beginning of women’s suffrage. There is a special discount code to reduce tickets from £18 to £15. Use FRIEND15 at checkout.
  • Bernie C Byrnes is directing a script reading of  a new play about Martin Luther King – Dream of a King by Christopher Tajah is on 26 and 29 Oct at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton. Do email if you would like to attend.
  • Lara Genovese directs Bullet Hole at the Park Theatre, which closes on 27 Oct, which discusses the hugely important issue of FGM.
  • Alex Prescot will be directing the 15th anniversary revival of Debris by Dennis Kelly with Battered Soul Theatre at Theatre N16 until 25 Oct.
  • Michelle McKay is Executive Producer of the Edinburgh International Improv Festival  which will be Scotland’s first and only improv festival. It runs 7-10 Feb at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Assembly Roxy. The event is a four-day festival in celebration of improv. From local up-and-coming to nationally known troupes, the annual Edinburgh International Improv Festival will showcase the best in improvised comedy theatre. Submissions are now open for Improv Troupes of single applications to join the ensemble troupe. Further details on the website.
  • Soldier On written by Jonathan Lewis, which included Rekha John Cheriyan and was originally stage managed by Becky Brown, opens this week at The Other Palace until 24 Nov. The play employs music, dance and mixed media. It is by turns viscerally realistic, shockingly funny, and intensely emotional.
  • 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.
New Members
Congratulations to Naomi Peters who has joined the Club as a Lifetime Member.

Best wishes to all,

Dave Spencer