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December 2011

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.!

Santa 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.

David Owen in disguise 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! ;-)

Claire Mendelsohn [née Fletcher] We have heard from Claire Mendelsohn (née Fletcher) on the Archive's facebook page. 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.
November 2011

Rick Warden
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)

October 2011
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...

September 2011
William TapleySeen 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.

Parsley and Debbie reach the finish! Hurrah! 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.

Trouble Maker Murder Mystery Troublemaker Theatre 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.

http://www.joanofarcamusical.com/ Following the continuing success of Mark Britton’s latest musical Joan of Arc, new performances in High Wycombe will be on 19th-22nd October.

Another chance to see... Ultimate Elton John Tribute The Kings Arms, Cookham 16 September at 9pm. Ultimat Elton
July 2011

James Ivens is appearing in Tallgrass Gothic at St Nicholas Church, Loughton, on Thursday 21st July.

May 2011
Ultimate elton
The ever-prolific Ultimate Elton (a.k.a. Paul Bacon) has lots more gigs arranged over the next few weeks see his site for dates or follow him on Facebook to be bombarded (er, I mean ’kept up-to-date’!) with his busy schedule.

Troublemaker youth Ex-members Rob Bowen and Carla Quelch 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.

Production Pitch perfect thumb
James Ivens 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.

Shellacs at Dorchester
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.

April 2011
Catherine Lambert of Troublemaker Theatre directed DNA 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.

Tim Orlik as Tumnus the fawn in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 1972We 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.]

March 2011
Rob Bowen quite likely to be seen in Midsomer Murders on 30 March as a supporting artist. Later: he was!

The Chiltern Shakespeare Company - The Winter's Tale
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. ;-)

David Owen 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 contact David.
February 2011

Jane Treays talks about Mock Docs on Front Row, BBC Radio 4. (Jane’s item is about 20 min 20 sec into the programme.)

January 2011
Download Flyer for Bottoms Best BitsDave Farey, Catherine Mansfield (aka Lambert) and Rob Bowen 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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http://www.joanofarcamusical.com/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: Equimatters. 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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