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Dino Stavrides would like to say hello to Ian R. and all the ex members YT Harrow. "Those memories seem like yesterday, weren't they great? I was so proud when you gave me the part of george in the Deserted House - what a play! Looking through the archives, remembering what we did was fantastic. Congratulations on becoming a grandfather, hope xmas was good and a happy new year to you and your family from a cold sunny Cyprus ..... rgards Dino"

Tim & Ian wish all XYT-ites - wherever they may be, and whatever they are up to these days - a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2009. Do get in touch and let us know what you’re doing!

On TV - William (Bill) Tapley was seen in Holby on BBC1... Robert Glenister was still ‘in post’ as the Home Secretary in Spooks also on BBC1... Rick Warden appeared not only in the late-night re-run of Band of Brothers on BBC2 but also in Apparitions on BBC1 with Martin Shaw... whilst on radio Richard Atlee continued his role as Kenton in The Archers... and Zoë Ball could be heard with Danny Baker on Saturday mornings on Radio 2 in a programme replacing Jonathan Ross... A busy month for XYT-ites!

Rebecca Mitchener (née Wallace) went to Moscow for three weeks on behalf of the V&A Museum to de-install the Two Centuries of British Fashion exhibition, showing 18th- and 19th-century British dress from the V&A’s collections, at the Kremlin Museums’ Armoury Museum - and travelled back in a lorry with all the valuable exhibits! The road journey, via Helsinki and Brussels, took six days in total. We can report that all exhibits - and Rebecca - arrived back in London safely!

Troublemaker Theatre Company (set up in Maidenhead in 2006 by David Farey and Catherine Lambert - with Ian R. Wallace as the non-executive chairman) continue to be kept very busy with their expanding theatre-in-education projects and with their youth theatre classes at both Norden Farm, Maidenhead and Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot; and, over the year, have occasionally provided relatively gainful employment for a number of XYT-ites including Rob Bowen; Steph Lennon; Richard Roach (aka Richard Morris) and Suzie Buckley. Meanwhile, Belinda Frith is now working at Norden Farm - and Matt Wilson, who was at Norden Farm, is now the Senior Technician at Cornerstone!


Robert Glenister reprised his role as the Home Secretary in the latest series of Spooks... clearly lasting in this role for longer than if he’d been in the current government!!

Not just xYT... Rory Morrin, Ben Crowden and Chloe Mantripp are appearing in Beaconsfield Theatre Group’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. Helen Sharman (Vice President of YT, Chair of BTG and Director of LLD) said “My cast are looking really good, so should be worth watching!”. 19th -22nd November, Beacon Theatre, Holtspur at 8 pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) available from 07880 962514 or via the web site http://www.btg-theatre.org/.


Spotted playing a being a Russian in the two-part Silent Witness on BBC-1 on October 8th & 9th... one Richard Attlee..(aka to Beaconsfield XYT-ites as Ricky Harwood)


Also - on the 25th - the latest documentary by Jane Treays was shown on Channel 4:The Virgin Daughters. Selected as Pick of the Day by the Radio Times. It said about it: Film-maker Jane Treays seems to have successfully cornered the market in documentaries about the marginalised and about controversial behaviour within families... whilst not quite so creepy as her film Painted Babies there are some sequences that make you feel slightly uncomfortable

Spotted on TV... William (Bill) Tapley playing American CIA man Frank Gaines alongside a plank of wood - sorry, Jean Claude Van Damme(!!) - in the all-action film Second in Command shown on Channel 5 on September 24th. Once again, despite a perfectly good performance, Bill came to a bloody end in a shoot-out!

Mark Britton and IRW's production of Three Trees successfully made the transition to the stage of the Wycombe Swan on the 20th! This musical project has now been (temporarily?) put back on the shelf....


The Tale of Three Trees, the musical based on a traditional folktale - music by Mark Britton, lyrics by Ian R. Wallace - which was premiered last year in Loudwater, will be given a second outing at the Wycombe Swan on Saturday, 20th September as part of the Encounter family event of 2008. This slightly reworked production, directed by Mark, will this time use three choirs comprising children aged between 7 to 11, who were recruited through Lighthouse. XYT-ites Paul Bacon and Rob Bowen are also involved - one onstage - the other backstage!

Also seen on the box recently - Rick Warden in the final episode of Bonekickers - playing an amateur archaeologist called Kevin who finished up dead in his own excavation! [IRW reckons that the rumour that Bonekickers is a graveyard for actors is totally untrue - but it certainly is for the scriptwriters, which means that a second series is bound to be commissioned!]

Tim Hill and IRW spent a very enjoyable time wandering round the excellent "Collaborators" exhibition at the V&A Museum on the 4th, with TH taking numerous 3-D photos of some of the model settings that were on display! They also met up with Ian's daughter Rebecca (now Mitchener) who is the Assistant Registrar at the museum, and is off to Moscow for three weeks in November to de-install a costume exhibition that is on loan from the V&A.

Spotted on TV: Robert Glenister as the Special Branch Commander in the first episode of the new series of George Gently on BBC-1 on 13th... as well in a number of repeats of A Touch of Frost where his rank in the police force was only Detective Sergeant. Meanwhile Bill Tapley was doing his best to make some sense out of Bonekickers also BBC-1, having previously been seen on ITV in an episode of Ultimate Force as a American terrorist who came to a very sticky end!

Congratulations to Russell Brownbill who is getting married in November ...He currently lives at Cubbington near Milton Keynes and retains his contact with the theatre world by getting involved with the local village panto! Russell (and Cerus, Ellanean and Splat - the cat) are all doing well!

Jacquie Russell has at long last managed to get herself "online"... and any of her friends from North Harrow (or anywhere else for that matter!) who want to make contact - can do so via: the webmaster
Another outstanding documentary from Jane Treays - Painted Babies Growing Up - was transmitted this month when Jane re-visited the unique and freaky world of the baby, beauty pageant queen to see what impact a childhood of pouting and preening has had on two young teens. A follow-up to her award-winning and very much acclaimed 1995 film - Painted Babies.
February 2008
We received this from ex-YT Harrow member Peter Barker. On February 21-23 at 8pm Macbeth is performed at the Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury - the latest production from Peter (aka The Fat Director) who regularly stages Shakespearean plays at the Limelight. Unfortunately this one coincided precisely with "Oliver" being staged by The Young Theatre at Beaconsfield!
Megan Elizabeth IRW has been boring everyone about the arrival of his first grandchild - Megan Elizabeth - born 3rd February to his younger daughter Helen (ex-YT Beaconsfield).....baby, mother, father - and grandparents - doing fine!
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