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.
This year the AGM will take place at the CAA on Thursday, 20 October commencing at 7.30 p.m.
Last year, the Annual Dinner took place at Allen Hall on 6 December. Our guest of honour, Janie Dee, was delightful, very warm and friendly. She gave an amusing speech and ended it by singing a song from Oklahoma in which she had appeared with our Chairman, Richard O’Callaghan, some 20 years ago. When Janie was appearing in the west end in Woman in Mind a few years ago and Dominic Hecht played her son, some of us went to see the performance and then visited Janie and some of the cast backstage to share a glass (or two) of wine and talk about the play. She was as warm and friendly then as she was at our Annual Dinner. Janie is next appearing in the west end with Dame Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. As usual we were made very welcome at Allen Hall and it was a really enjoyable and successful evening.
The Annual Dinner this year will take place at Allen Hall on Friday, 9 December. The guest of honour this year is Toby Stephens, who as you will know is the son of Dame Maggie Smith. He will be accompanied by his actress wife, Anna–Louise Plowman. There will be a welcome drinks reception commencing at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7.45 p.m. The cost £30 per person. Log into the members area for more information.
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.