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Women in the Church

Nearly 20 actors, mostly CaAPA members, will be reading up to eight new, specially written scripts/monologues on the theme of Women in the Church. The evening will close with Sisters Mary and Moira of the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre telling us about their work in Essex and East London, as well as in Rwanda and the dangerous Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Feedback from the audience:

 ‘It was a truly memorable occasion. The format was just right’.

’…an enjoyable and successful night last night’.     ‘…. people from my church were there and they loved it’. 

‘how much we enjoyed being able to join … other CaAPA friends last evening. What an interesting range of  thought provoking pieces.’

‘I look forward to another occasion when we may be able to join everyone for another CaAPA evening.’

‘… great concept and delivery; … two guests were magnificent’.

‘worthwhile …. fun.’  ‘… widened my perception.’

 ‘It was a truly memorable occasion. The format was just right’.

’…an enjoyable and successful night last night’.     ‘…. people from my church were there and they loved it’. 

‘how much we enjoyed being able to join … other CaAPA friends last evening. What an interesting range of  thought provoking pieces.’

‘I look forward to another occasion when we may be able to join everyone for another CaAPA evening.’

‘… great concept and delivery; … two guests were magnificent’.

‘worthwhile …. fun.’  ‘… widened my perception.’

‘… not only inspirational but also enlightening.’  It entertained and educated me.’

‘… such a thought provoking and successful evening last week, Women in the Church.’ 

… great to have a full house of actors, writers and CaAPA members , as well as friends and some of the CAA fraternity.  I do hope there will be more events like this.’

‘… very interesting to hear about the inspirational work of the Canonesses Of the Holy Sepulchre as well …  What great work they are doing !!’

Locks and Shocks

The premiere of Michael Harrington’s play – Locks and Shocks – took place at the CAA on May 10th.  CaAPA members  Nadia Ostachinni, Robin Marchal and Donncha Kearney were in the cast.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of our late Vice President, Frank Finlay CBE

There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of our late Vice President,  Frank Finlay CBE, at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7NB on Thursday , 16 February 2017 at 12 pm, celebrated by our National Chaplain, Fr Alan Robinson. All are welcome. 

Carol Service 2016

The Carol Service will take place at Corpus Christi on Friday, 16 December commencing at 6.30 p.m. More details soon.

CaAPA Open Evening

There will be an Open Evening at the CAA on Tuesday, 15 November which is an opportunity for members to get together, to bring family and/or friends – maybe some of them haven’t been to the CAA and would be interested in its history.   A time to sit and chat in comfort with the added benefit of a drink in your hand – and a bag of crisps perhaps!! Come around at 8 pm.

Memories of the Past (with Michael Slater)

A member of the Catholic Stage Guild for 35 years

Master of Ceremonies for 25 years

An actor for 64 Years

A Pilgrimage veteran of 23 years

October 2nd 2016 – 80 years!

“Highlights” of the Catholic Stage Guild and the characters who gave so much to keep the Guild going.

A sprinkling of Memoirs of the Theatre from 1952 and on Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A little musical entertainment.

No presents please – just in case!!  Just yourselves.  There will be a collection towards the cost of a frame to include the names of past Chairmen (“Chairperson” if being politically correct!).  It is intended to place this at Corpus Christi if permission is granted by the Church Heritage.

Memories of the Past event will take place at the CAA on Tuesday 11 October and it commences at 8 p.m.

CaAPA’s Annual Mass 2016

This year the annual mass will take place on 9 October at 11.30 am and we will be joining the parishioners at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane.  Our Book of Remembrance, in which the names of past members, sadly no longer with us, are recorded, will be taken to the sanctuary as always.   Following Mass there is the opportunity to have lunch at the Bella Italia. If you wish to attend the lunch please email our secretary NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY 5 October at secretary@caapa.org.uk  so that we can book a table.

Monastic Afternoon at Tyburn Convent

This was a lovely occasion from which all those who attended benefited. The following are reflections from one CaAPA member:

“Overall I enjoyed the retreat. I was very interested to see the convent and enjoyed the sister’s informative talk. Really liked Fr Vlad’s sermon during Mass too. I did like the concept of reading during lunch as it was good to have a taste of monastic/convent life where silent meals with readings are commonplace. I would say that people need to be reassured that it is ok to carry on as normal – there were many of us gingerly unwrapping their sandwiches. As someone who read myself I would have no problem with people coming and going or rustling. Vespers with the nuns…another story!!”

Sir Alec Guinness Award – Students’ Evening

The next Annual Students Evening takes place at the CAA, Bedford Street, Covent Garden on 4 March commencing at 7.30 p.m.   FINAL year students at ACCREDITED Drama Schools will be able to obtain all details from their Head of Drama , together with details  about the Sir Alec Guinness Award which is an integral part of the Students Evening.  Final Year Drama Students only from an an accredited Drama School are invited to apply.  This does NOT apply to Postgraduate students.    For details about both the Students Evening AND the Sir Alec Guinness Award please see your Head of Drama who has been sent posters to display on your Notice Board about both of the above.

CaAPA Drama Competition

CaAPA, in partnership with Association of Christian Writers (www.acw.org.uk) will be holding a playwriting competition. The theme will be “Saints and Sinners”. The plays/exerts from plays of the six finalists in this competition will take place at the CAA, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2 (opposite St Paul’s Church) commencing at 7.30 p.m. on 20 November when the name of the winner will be announced at the end of the performances.

CaAPA members, family, friends and members of the public are very welcome. Admission is free.  Please do come along and support the playwrights, the performers and the organisers. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.