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02 March 2021
Ian and Tim wish all ex-members of YT a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2013. Do get in touch if you have any news of your own, or even if not!
|In case you missed it, Jane Treays has another of her highly successful documentaries on BBC2 this month: Inside Claridges. "In a couple of days this room WILL have a [hot tub]". In addition, Jane was interviewed on Loose Ends (Radio 4) on 1st December|
has been in touch about a project he is doing: “I am striving to create a "bank" [of] ancient, modern and new plays plus poems, songs, literacy pieces or performance projects about gardening,
gardeners, the Great and small Outdoors, smallholders/farmers, plant hunters/discoverers, garden designers etc etc etc. You get the theme: things horticultural, agricultural and environmental! [...] I am hoping my enterprise,
Growing Concerns, might make use of the material - somehow, somewhere, both outdoors and indoors...(see www.growingconcerns.org.uk
)” Email Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you missed it …1…
In case you missed it …2…|
Paul Bhattacharjee played Benedict in the highly acclaimed RSC production of Much Ado About Nothing which had its premiére in
The Courtyard Theatre at Stratford - and then transferred to the
Noël Coward Theatre in London (closing on October 27th).
An accomplished actor in many movies (including Casino Royale and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and on TV (Eastenders, Spooks, Waking the Dead etc) as well as in the theatre:
IRW met up with Jacquie Russell
who has just returned from a short holiday in Canada and can report that her knee replacement is working 100%. Jacquie sends her best wishes to all ex-YT members from North Harrow.
Yours truly managed to tear himself away from the computer for a day and visited the Paralympics at Greenwich with the Captain and the Admiral .
When Ian arrived home in the States (see below), he and his wife, Penny met up with Ultimate Elton || ||
While Ian Wagge was in the UK, he met up with his Best Man Rick Attlee on the South Downs. Ooh! Look! Ambridge!!
|Following on from the earlier story below about Ian Wagge taking part in the Masters Hockey World Cup we have proof of his active participation!...
Helen 'E' Sharman latest book is published on
Kindle. Bargain. Go on, read
Anuna. You know you want to! And it's only a couple of quid! Saved for my holiday. Remember: you don't have to have a Kindle,
you can read Kindle content on your desktop computer, and on your smartphone or tablet. Read an extract here.
seen here in Edinburgh in 1983
(The photo is from Flies in July). Thanks to dual citizenship he has graduated into the USA team in the
Masters Hockey World Cup
which takes place this August in Canterbury (his first match is today 14/8 as I write this).
If they win, we hope he remembers the words of the right national anthem!!
He was also able to attend the reunion (see below) thanks to coincidentally being over here for this event.
We had a great turnout for the reunion last weekend (11.8.2012).
This thumbnail links to a larger version of the picture.
Standing, back row:
, Mark Richards , John Sharman , Graham Southgate , Tim Hill , Mark Britton , Paul Bacon , Janine Britton , Ian Wagge , Laurence Markham .
Standing, middle row:
Helen Sharman , Jonathan Fowke , Jane Twydle , IRW , Ally Hill , Alec 'Sid' Siddall , Matt Powers , Russell Brownbill , Tracey Warren .
Front row, kneeling:
Sharon Calcutt , Sam Buckles and dog , Richard Morris , Steph Lennon , Catherine Lambert , Dave Farey .
A great time was had by all and even remembered by a few. It seemed like we haven't forgotten how to have an after-show party, even without a show. :-)
The BBC's Writersroom Blog
reveals that Kit Lambert has been selected from 600 applicants along with seven others to join
the BBC's Writers Academy Course. Let's hope he livens up Doctors a bit. ;-)
Mark Brittonis now casting for his next production
The Curse of Cromwell scheduled for performance at
Norden Farm, Maidenhead in November.
IRW recently met up with Rick Warden
at The Globe
where he is playing Hortensio in the new production of
The Taming of The Shrew
which is running until 13th October. Rick, well known for his performances in film and tv programmes such as Band of Brothers
many others, is making his first appearance at The Globe and his performance got an encouraging 9/10 from IRW! Their meeting was the first in some 25 years as Rick had been a prominent member of YT in the mid/late
1980s, when, amongst other things, he was in the award winning one act play Stereotypes
at the Maidenhead & Chalfont festivals in 1987; and also memorably involved in
playing opposite Anne-Marie Crawford. Rick is married to Lucy Barker, also an actress, and they have two small children, one just eight months old.
Rick’s Wikipedia entry.
David Owen wins the Voice of South Bucks.
Of course he did. Were any of us in any doubt? Well done David! (more: Bucks Advertiser)
Don't forget: XYT Reunion on 11 August. (For ex- and any non-active members.)
Summer is on its way and along with it Troublemaker Theatre's Summer Theatre Week
is here again.
Taking place at Nordern Farm from 6-10 August they will be creating an entire show, from start to finish, in a week. Suitable for ages 10-18 and cheaper than a child minder!!!
Troublemaker Theatre and Red Lantern Productions are presenting a pirate-themed Murder Mystery Dinner - Death Marks the Spot -
written by Carla Quelch and Rob Bowen .
Involving - amongst others - Catherine Lambert and Dave Farey . Point your sextant at Norden Farm for Friday 1st or Saturday 2nd June.
is currently in the critically acclaimed Noises Off
playing at the
until 30th June. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
David Owen a regular at The Red Lion, won over audiences in the first heat of a karaoke contest
and took the top spot in the first round of the Voice of South Bucks on Saturday April 28.
He sang Any Dream Will Do, I Did it My Way, and And I Love You So.
More: Bucks Advertiser
writes on facebook
‘In Olympic year, I have decided not to represent Britain in anything. This is a purely selfish decision. Instead, Sport Relief have asked me to run for them in the 2012 London Marathon.
I thought it was a good idea at the time and without pausing for a re-think, adopted the style of the man From Del Monte and said “yeees”.
So, if you would like to sponsor my foolhardiness and help raise a little of Her Majesties finest for some less fortunate souls, make your way to
and chuck a few quid at the £2000 target.
I figured with over 700 friends on here, a tenner from a mere 200 of you would sort things out nicely....carry on!!’ [Good luck! - ed.]
Following the sad news of the death of Jackie Wooster (née Phipps) we have heard from Rachel Bradley (née Day) and Sarah Anderson (née Collins) — both of whom now live in the USA — as well as Mark Britton Jane Fryers Lis Brownbill and Alan Kingshott.
They all contributed to a “collection of memories” of Jackie which her widower Ian intends to read out at her Celebration of Life.
IRW has also provided Ian with information and pictures from the archives about the productions Jackie was involved in with YT between 1982 & 1984 - including a recording of the song
On Richmond Station (from Here We Go)
which will be played at that event.
We are sad to report that Jackie Wooster (née Phipps) passed away on Friday 16th March after battling cancer since diagnosis last October. As
she was a member of Beaconsfield Young Theatre
for some time, playing a number of roles on- and off-stage and was Membership Secretary for the Committee. Her roles included: Peggy in Rat Trap
and Rita in Here We Go
The Queen Rat in The Pied Piper
and also directed Sue Townsend’s 'Woomberang' in 1984. Since 2005 Jackie was a member of
Old Gaol Theatre Company
in Abingdon. Jackie's funeral is to be held on Monday 2nd of April at Oxford Crematorium at 3pm, followed by a Celebration
of Life at Coseners House in Abingdon. Jackie's widower, Ian, will welcome any thoughts or memories that you may have of her and her contribution to Beaconsfield Young Theatre to be read out at her Celebration of
Life. He would also be grateful for any other information regarding Jackie's roles for BYT, or if there exist any further archive photos. Jackie and Ians' two children - Max (10) and Sadie (8) - both attend
a local stage school and enjoy all aspects of singing, dancing and acting. And long may this continue - they are definitely chips off the old block.
You can send contributions which will be forwarded to Ian by using the 'email' or 'ReachBy' button near the foot of this page
XYT Reunion scheduled for 11 August at Steve Macken's Squirrel in Penn Street: More...
Seen recently on ITV3, the 1982 film Evil Under The Sun
starring, amongst others: Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith
and YT‘s Emily Hone
- who played Dennis Quilley‘s teenage daughter in this Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot murder mystery, taking a bit of time off from her YT performances to do the filming.
(Emily also appeared as the young Mathilde in the 1983 film Biddy
Kit Lambert's scriptwriting is discussed on WalesOnline
This is very sad news about ex-member Charlotte (No. 114) who appeared in Contrasts Three in 1974 and Beeple in 1975.
From the Maidenhead Advertiser, 2-9 February: "CORNWALL, Charlotte, daughter of Rita and Dennis, loving mother of Emily, Oliver, Luke and Mollie, and Maidenhead socialite for over 20 years,
sadly passed away on January 26 after a short battle with illness. She was 51 years old. Her funeral will be at 1.45 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, at the Milton Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham.
All are welcome. Donations to the Iain Rennie Hospice." Our thoughts are with her family.
is once again treading the boards
at the Old Bengal, Beaconsfield, in the Robbie Williams Show
starring Rob Idol on Sunday 26th February. He says: As you know I have always supported young people all my life.
Here is a chance for you to join me...I will be singing too on the night
..but don't let that put you off. Best wishes for the New Year More information
One of Young Theatre's Patrons - Robert Glenister - can currently be seen in the final series of Hustle on BBC One on Friday evenings at 9 pm.
We were very sorry to learn of the death of Bob Holness
on 6 Jan at the age of 83. He had been a patron of the Young Theatre since 1977.
His daughter, Ros, was a member of the Harrow group in the 1970s and he took part in the Beaconsfield production of Winter's Tale in 1996 on video
Our thoughts are with his family.
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