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December 2012
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!
Jane TIn case you missed it, Jane Treays Search the YTArchive 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
Andrew Kitchen Search the YTArchive 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: ak@growingconcerns.org.uk
November 2012
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Anne McBride, Search the YTArchive a renowned animal behaviourist and rabbit specialist, appeared in "Wartime Farm" on BBC2 recently talking to Peter Ginn about the practice of breeding rabbits to supplement the meat ration during the second World War. Anne is currently a senior lecturer at University of Southampton. Here is "What is a rabbit" a Youtube video featuring Anne. These are her books at Amazon Why Does My Rabbit...? and Rabbits and Hares and she is also a patron of the Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund. Annemcb
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Paul Bhattacharjee Search the YTArchive 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: IMDb
September 2012
IRW met up with Jacquie Russell Search the YTArchive 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.

Ally+Vorn     Yours truly Search the YTArchive managed to tear himself away from the computer for a day and visited the Paralympics at Greenwich with the Captain Search the YTArchive and the Admiral Search the YTArchive.
     When Ian arrived home in the States (see below), he and his wife, Penny met up with Ultimate Elton Search the YTArchive      UltElton
RickA     While Ian Wagge Search the YTArchive was in the UK, he met up with his Best Man Rick Attlee Search the YTArchive on the South Downs. Ooh! Look! Ambridge!!
Following on from the earlier story below about Ian Wagge Search the YTArchive taking part in the Masters Hockey World Cup we have proof of his active participation!...      IanHockey

Helen 'E' Sharman Search the YTArchive 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.

August 2012
Ian Wagge Ian WaggeSearch the YTArchive 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.

Attendees at the XYT reunion We had a great turnout for the reunion last weekend (11.8.2012).
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Standing, back row: 'Young' Richards , Mark Richards Search the YTArchive, John Sharman Search the YTArchive, Graham Southgate Search the YTArchive, Tim Hill Search the YTArchive, Mark Britton Search the YTArchive, Paul Bacon Search the YTArchive, Janine Britton Search the YTArchive, Ian Wagge Search the YTArchive, Laurence Markham Search the YTArchive. Standing, middle row: Helen Sharman Search the YTArchive, Jonathan Fowke Search the YTArchive, Jane Twydle Search the YTArchive, IRW Search the YTArchive, Ally Hill Search the YTArchive, Alec 'Sid' Siddall Search the YTArchive, Matt Powers Search the YTArchive, Russell Brownbill Search the YTArchive, Tracey Warren Search the YTArchive. Front row, kneeling: Sharon Calcutt Search the YTArchive, Sam Buckles and dog Search the YTArchive, Richard Morris Search the YTArchive, Steph Lennon Search the YTArchive, Catherine Lambert Search the YTArchive, Dave Farey Search the YTArchive.
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 Search the YTArchive 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. ;-)

July 2012

CromwellMark BrittonSearch the YTArchiveis now casting for his next production The Curse of Cromwell scheduled for performance at Norden Farm, Maidenhead in November.

Ian and Rick meet at The Globe IRW recently met up with Rick WardenSearch the YTArchive 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, Shackleton, Dunkirk and Rome amongst 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 Dracula Spectacula (1989) - 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.
June 2012

David receives his trophy from Tina David Owen Search the YTArchive wins the Voice of South Bucks. Of course he did. Were any of us in any doubt? Well done David! (more: Bucks Advertiser)

We have just completed our tribute to Jackie Wooster (née Phipps) on the Here We Go production page and here.

Don't forget: XYT Reunion on 11 August. (For ex- and any non-active members.)

Ttcss 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!!!
May 2012

Norden Troublemaker Theatre and Red Lantern Productions are presenting a pirate-themed Murder Mystery Dinner - Death Marks the Spot - written by Carla Quelch Search the YTArchive and Rob Bowen Search the YTArchive . Involving - amongst others - Catherine Lambert Search the YTArchive and Dave Farey Search the YTArchive . Point your sextant at Norden Farm for Friday 1st or Saturday 2nd June.

Glenister Robert Glenister Search the YTArchive is currently in the critically acclaimed Noises Off playing at the Novello Theatre until 30th June. The production was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Revival.

David owen David Owen Search the YTArchive 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

April 2012
Bill tapleyBill Tapley Search the YTArchive 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 https://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/tapley 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.]
March 2012

Following the sad news of the death of Jackie Wooster (née Phipps)Search the YTArchive we have heard from Rachel Bradley (née Day)Search the YTArchive and Sarah Anderson (née Collins)Search the YTArchive — both of whom now live in the USA — as well as Mark BrittonSearch the YTArchive Jane FryersSearch the YTArchive Lis BrownbillSearch the YTArchive and Alan KingshottSearch the YTArchive. They all contributed to a “collection of memories” of Jackie which her widower Ian intends to read out at her Celebration of Life. IRW Search the YTArchive 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 GoSearch the YTArchive) which will be played at that event.

Jackie Wooster (née Phipps) in Rat Trap as Peggy We are sad to report that Jackie Wooster (née Phipps) passed away on Friday 16th March after battling cancer since diagnosis last October. As Jackie Phipps 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 in 1983, 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 [IMDB | YTArchive] - 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

February 2012
Dave Farey talked about Winners on Claudia Winkleman’s Arts Show on Radio 2 on 24th February at 10:10pm. The item is part of the 'Big Impact' segment about how the play/production had an influence on his life. YT gets a plug!
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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.

January 2012
David Owen 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

Robert Glenister
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.

Bob HolnessWe 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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