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IRW has met up with Jane Fryers again after a period of (he thinks) just short of thirty years! He reports that she hasn't changed at all - although we've no information as to what she thought of him! Still working in film and television doing continuity (a trade learnt at the BBC), in her other role as a milliner, she is currently designing and making a number of hats for an exhibition at Fortnum & Mason from February to June 2012. She also continues to have fun as one of the Shellac Sisters, and it is believed that they will be making a fleeting appearance on BBC2 in Darcy Bussell Dances Hollywood on Christmas Day.!
We hope by now that David Owen has fully recovered from his latest musical extravaganza which also involved ex-YT member Melissa Alder at Datchet Golf Club on the 8th. We like the new look David! ;-)
Rick Warden went back to his old school (Dr Challoner's - Amersham) to open their new performing arts studio. He's just turned 40 and is a busy fellow, what with the arrival of his second daughter, and having taken part in the 24 hour performances Sixy-six Books at the New Bush Theatre involving 66 writers, 23 directors and 129 other actors. (South Bucks Star)
James Ivens next appearing in "Flood" at the Old Red Lion, Islington. Monday 31st October. More...
Rob Bowen tells us that booking is now online for Troublemaker Youth Theatre's first term in Wycombe which starts on Thursday 22nd September at 5pm. Each term consists of ten sessions building up to a performance in the eleventh week. (£85 if you pay in one lump sum, or £50 per half term.) Anyone ineligible to join, please tell someone who is! The age range is 10 to 18. If you are under 10 or over 18 please get in touch anyway - once there are sufficient numbers they hope to be starting groups for those ages as well.
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Following the continuing success of Mark Britton’s latest musical Joan of Arc, new performances in High Wycombe will be on 19th-22nd October.
James Ivens is appearing in Tallgrass Gothic at St Nicholas Church, Loughton, on Thursday 21st July.
Rob Bowen and
are starting up a new youth theatre group in High Wycombe which has its inaugural meeting on 2nd June at the former St John’s Church Hall in Desborough Road. There will be one-off taster sessions
available on various subjects including stage combat, horror and gore make-up, acting for camera, and improvisation. These sessions, for 10 to 18 year-olds, will be on Thursdays from 5 - 7pm and cost £7 each.
Contact Troublemaker Theatre for more details.
The Shellac Sisters, one of whom is Jane Fryers, were featured on BBC Radio 4 in the programme 78 Revolutions presented by DJ Fenny Hammerton who is also one of the
four glamorous retrochics who dress in all things vintage and play 78rpm records on 1920s wind-up gramophones.
We have heard from Tim Orlik, a member at Beaconsfield in the 1970s: I still remember with great fondness my time at Young Theatre Beaconsfield. [Ian] created a really remarkable atmosphere and theatre company. It certainly gave me something to do, and experiences to learn from, which I much enjoyed. I am living in Wiltshire now - between Hungerford and Andover. Not involved in the theatre (well, let’s be honest my acting certainly was not my strong point)*. With 3 sons - two of whom did do some acting at school - and enjoyed it - Jack the eldest even took to the stage for a production at Oxford whilst he was there - and founded a very original Arts Club - The Oxford Comma club. [* We disagree. Tim was a much better fawn than that bloke in the O2 adverts. Ed.]
Felicity Norrie (née Wiseman), Chairman of The Chiltern Shakespeare Company tells us that rehearsals are underway for their upcoming production of The Winter’s Tale at the usual venue of Hall Barn on 8-11 & 15-18 June. This year’s charity is Macmillan Cancer Support. Book here or Exit, pursued by a bear. ;-)
Jane Treays talks about Mock Docs on Front Row, BBC Radio 4. (Jane’s item is about 20 min 20 sec into the programme.)
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Felicity Norrie (née Wiseman) - who is also the current chairman of the Chiltern Shakespeare Company started her own business during 2010: . In pursuit of sales, Felicity can now be spotted touring the UK in a Postman Pat red van - you have been warned!
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