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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.!
Yes, it's that time of year again when Santa brings you everything you want that you deserve.
Tim and Ian wish all ex-members of YT, at both Harrow and Beaconsfield a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012.
We both hope that as our Christmas present, which can be deferred until the new year(!), we will be hearing from as many of you as possible in the hope that you keep us up-to-date with where you are and what you are doing.
There are lots of ways to get in touch
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! ;-)
We have heard from Claire Mendelsohn (née Fletcher) on the Archive's facebook
Claire was in Harrow YT and appeared in a production of Thank You Very Much in 1974 with Robert Glenister and Clare Toeman. In response to this, we have now added Thank You Very Much
to the web site. If anyone has photos of this show - or anything else - we look forward to seeing them.
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)
Some of the almost infamous letters of Doris Richardson-Hall which appear in Amateur Stage Magazine are now on amdram.co.uk
. [Ed: I am sure that was not her name when she was an active member of YT.]
James Ivens next appearing in "Flood" at the Old Red Lion, Islington.
Monday 31st October. More...
Seen on TV: William Tapley
on BBC1 in the second episode of the final series of Spooks
- playing Victor Elliot - a decommissioned MI5 agent up to no good!
Bill is currently playing Sam Carmichael in Mama Mia
at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
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.
IRW has heard from Debbie Lewis
, now residing in Alderney, who amongst other things took part in the 10km part of this year’s Alderney Half-Marathon along with her Scottish Terrier, Parsley, who not only successfully retained the trophy for the First Dog to Finish (with well-behaved owner attached) that he’d won in 2010, but the duo shaved 3 minutes off their previous time (!) ... and also raised money for Spirit Aid
A plea to all XYT-ites: please let us know what you are up to. If you change your email address, please remember to tell us.
is back at Norden Farm Arts Centre on
Saturday 17th December with another of their fantastic murder mystery events For Whom the Slay Bell Tolls
written by Carla Quelch
and directed by David Farey
. Tickets are £39
and include a welcome drink and mince pie, three course
Christmas dinner and murder mystery entertainment. There are also prizes
for the winning team and for the best fancy dress.
So, how about bringing a team from work, buying someone a ticket as an early
Christmas present or just have a friends’ night out with a difference?
Book tickets online
or call Norden Farm’s Box
Office on 01628 788997.
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.
is appearing from 1st June in Matt Hartley’s new play Trolls
(dir. Tim Roseman) at the Tristan Bates Theatre
, Covent Garden.
He is next appearing in Flood Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe debut Flood
this August: a production currently in development, and is
also due to appear in new stage-to-screen production The Judge of Harbor County
, also this August.
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.
of Troublemaker Theatre
by Dennis Kelly
(a play that had been part of the National Theatre Connections project in 2007) for the Norden Farm Academy at this year‘s Maidenhead
Drama Festival, winning the Maidenhead Youth Drama Trophy (for groups under 21), and also being short-listed for the Moyra Hutchinson Trophy,
the Adjudicator‘s award.
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
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. ;-)
is involved with raising money for 1st Holtspur Scout Group with another charity show at the Old Bengal Indian Restaurant -
Rud Stewart & Special Guests
- in the Old Town,
Beaconsfield on Sunday 27 March at 7pm. For tickets and further information please
Jane Treays talks about Mock Docs on Front Row, BBC Radio 4. (Jane’s item is about 20 min 20 sec into the programme.)
, Catherine Mansfield (aka Lambert)
form three-quarters of the cast of Troublemaker Theatre Company
’s production of Bottom’s Best Bits
— a 1¼ hour show aimed at primary and secondary schools. Specifically designed to introduce years five, six and seven to several of Shakespeare’s stories, the production includes bits from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Henry V, Sonnet 18, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice,
and Richard III
. Troublemaker’s high energy production is best described as “educational anarchy” which mixes original text with unadulterated slapstick for a fast paced, entertaining and educational show.
The show will be performed in the Courtyard Theatre at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
, Maidenhead on Wednesday 16 February at 1.45pm & 5.00pm - £12 (£10 conc), £8 schools. Box Office: 01628 788997
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Following the sell-out success of his latest musical - St. Joan - in November, Mark Britton
arranged a special one-off concert version of all the musical items in the show at All Saints Church Marlow on Saturday 15th
January. It is hoped to also produce a DVD of the music at some point in the near future.
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!
Tim & Ian hope that all XYT-ites had a good Christmas - and wish all of you the very best for 2011.... do please get in touch from time to time to let us (and other XYT-ites!) know what you’re up to!!
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