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Elton, Ultimately in India

Elton John's mum's favourite Elton John tribute act AKA Paul BaconSearch the YTArchive has moved on quite a bit since he went topless with a page three model (see Letter from Leona, below). From appearing at YT for a bit of fun way back when, to a Tour of India in 2017. After winning the National Tribute Awards in 2016 Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band spent mid-April in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

(17 April)

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For Antique Gardeners?

Andrew KitchenSearch the YTArchive has re-launched his vintage/antique garden implements and allied artefacts enterprise from Fairford in the Cotswolds www.growingconcerns.org.uk and you can keep an eye on the events he attends on his facebook events calendar.

(11 April)

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Letter from Leona

Leona GrahamSearch the YTArchive ("The UK's top radio voice") kindly sent in some old YT memorabilia from 1986/7 when we knew her as Leona Smith. Who can ever forget Paul BaconSearch the YTArchive going topless with a page three model whilst trying to complete so many difficult tasks with Claire WhiteSearch the YTArchive?! There's also issue two of the Young Theatre's newsletter Prompt and one of those publications best describled as a satirical unofficial newsletter Blab II. The adjacent Drama Workshop poster was designed by Leona. 30p admission including refreshments. What a bargain!

(09 April)

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Writer goes outside

Number three in a series of many: ex-members running. Kit LambertSearch the YTArchivewent off on the Cardiff Bay 10K and came back in a personal best of 43.19
Kit's episodes of The Coroner and Father Brown at the BBC (what's available on iPlayer varies).

(02 April)

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Jerusalem

It's always great to see current and ex-members of Young Theatre performing under the Beaconsfield Theatre Group banner. If you can work out who they are, of course. This and more photos from Jerusalem taken by Helen Sendall are in BTG's Gallery.

(02 April)

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South West London Television

Thanks to South West London Television's marketing campaign, we found out about how Peter Fison’sSearch the YTArchive TV production ambitions have progressed since we last heard from him in November 2006. You can see from the SWL.TV YouTube Channel how he and they provide online content for South West London.

Tennis fans, even outside London, will be interested in their behind-the-scenes access to Wimbledon AELTC.

(26 March)

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Flash Ah-Ah

When Cameron Gower PooleSearch the YTArchive posted this photo on Facebook and said “Back at The Roundhouse last night with The Trevor Horne band. Sharing the stage with guests Ronnie Wood, Imelda May, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Matt Cardle” it was obviously time we talked about the Flash advert. It's his queen of earworms. Ah, well. At least we all now know what a Labradoodle looks like and what it sings like apparently... ;-)

A few days later Cameron posted “More bangers from the CGP hit factory. ‘Dreamer’, ‘ILY2’ and ‘Drugs’ recorded in part @sarmstudios #studiolife #number1angel #charlixcx” so it's not all jammin’ with Ronnie Wood [still jealous - ed.].

(17 March)

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Chris Hobbs

A Blast from the Past! IRW has managed to re-establish contact with one Christopher HobbsSearch the YTArchive who was a member of onstage incorporated, a very early incarnation of what was to follow much later as Not So Young Theatre and more recently Shared Intent. Chris was the Musical Director for YT North Harrow‘s productions of Toad of Toad Hall in 1967 and Alice in Wonderland in 1968.

For Toad, Chris gave the music of H. Fraser-Simson a new orchestration and also managed to recruit a number of his fellow students at the Royal Academy of Music, and persuade them to come out to North Harrow to record all the music for the show in one four hour session in the church hall. It was a somewhat chaotic session technically, but ultimately pretty successful considering the incredible difficulties that these budding musicians were required to operate under(!). As the local paper put it - “and it meant that some of them were able to sit in the audience and listen to themselves accompanying the songs!” The following year he was again involved, writing the music used for IRW‘s final production at North Harrow of Alice in Wonderland.

Chris says — “I’m glad the group is still going after all these years. I like the website and look forward to  the amendments. If you go to my website www.experimentalmusic.co.uk you‘ll get an idea of me in 1968! My hair is shorter these days…!!” Photo: Leicester University: 2005

(10 March)

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Wooden Overcoats

Have you been lucky enough to catch Wooden Overcoats? This award-winning podcast featuring Beth EyreSearch the YTArchiveeven made it onto BBC Radio Four's Front Row. The excellent reviews and awards are listed here.

(14 January)

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

You may not have noticed this on TV on New Year's Eve. Mischief Theatre and Henry Lewis' Search the YTArchive 'theatre goes wrong' was tweaked for the small screen; with David Suchet on board. His presence was explained to The Stage: the BBC would only book them with a big name!

(02 January)

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