Last year, the Annual General Meeting took place at the CAA on 29 October following which we celebrated the forthcoming Canonisation of Pope John Paul II with readings of some of his work by CaAPA members, including “The Jeweller’s Shop”, which was also performed by Ten Ten Theatre at Westminster Cathedral Hall some years ago. Also taking part in the readings were Emily and Luke Murray, the son and daughter of our late member, Michael Murray. Mike also directed a performance of “The Jeweller’s Shop” during the visit to England of Pope John Paul 11 and we remembered him with love and gratitude during the evening. We also raised a small sum for the John Paul 11 Foundation for sport which was set up by Mgr Vladimir Felzmann, our Chairman of Trustees
The Annual Dinner on 8 December at Allen Hall was a great success and all the feedback I have received has been very good. There was a great atmosphere, the hall looked lovely and the food was good. Father John Warnaby was our guest of honour and his reminiscences about his time as an actor were simply hilarious. We were also delighted that the actress, Clare Higgins, who is a long standing friend of Fr John, was able to come along. It was a very cold night but that didn’t deter some of our hardy members from venturing out into the garden to visit the mulberry tree and remember St Thomas More with prayers led by Fr Alan.
The Students’ Evening is held annually at the CAA (Club for Acts and Actors). A panel comprising a director, producer, casting agent, actor, representative from Equity and Spotlight hold a question and answer session for the benefit of final year students from accredited drama schools. They discuss and give advice on a variety of topics, including getting an agent, leaving drama school, keeping well informed, preparing for an audition, etc.
All information is sent to accredited Drama Schools. Final year students (only) are invited to demonstrate in a written application why they consider they are worthy of the Sir Alec Guinness Award, which will also be presented during the evening. The award comprises:
- membership of the Actors Centre for one year,
- membership of Equity for one year,
- vouchers for classes at the Actors Centre for one year,
- an entry in Spotlight (sponsored by Spotlight),
- copies of The Stage Newspaper (sponsored by The Stage), also for one year,
- membership of the Actors Centre (sponsored by the Actors Centre),
- headshot by Michael Wharley, Photographer.
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO MEMBERS OR GENERAL PUBLIC.