When The Lilac Blooms, My Love – Leicester Square Theatre

Alex von Saxe Productions ʻWhen The Lilac Blooms, My Loveʼ, a new romantic play by acclaimed novelist Jane Huxley, is to get its world premiere, starring Judy Cornwell and Sally Farmiloe-Neville, at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from Wednesday April 14 to Saturday 1 May 2010.

Jane Huxley’s play is set in modern-day suburbia, Nicky is a young woman who returns to the family home to break the news that she is pregnant, taking along Darius, the reluctant father-to-be. But as the family is reunited, a web of hidden passions starts to unfold, challenging the bonds between them. 

Simon Beyer directs a cast for ‘When The Lilac Blooms, My Love’ that includes Polly Banwell, Steve Smith and Aidan Stephenson.

Judy Cornwell

Judy Cornwell is best known as Daisy, the long-suffering sister of Hyacinth Bucket, in five series of the hugely popular BBC series ʻKeeping Up Appearancesʼ. Judy was born in London in 1940 and educated in England and Australia. Judy actually began her theatrical career as a  dancer and singer in pantomime, revue/ vaudeville, cabaret and musicals. From there, Judy changed course and secured roles as juvenile leads and juvenile characters in theatre repertory companies, which soon lead to exciting TV work and leading roles in theatre productions. Throughout her career Judy has embraced a broad spectrum of media: stage work, TV, radio and films both for cinema and television, including ʻSanta Claus The Movieʼ (Mrs Claus), ʻMoody And Peggʼ (Daphne Pegg/ITV), ʻEastEndersʼ (Queenie/BBC), ʻDoctorsʼ (BBC), ʻMidsomer Murdersʼ (ITV) and Richard Attenboroughʼs movie ʻCry Freedomʼ. Additionally, in recent years, Judy has lectured on the cruise ship QE2, has written four novels: ʻCow And Cow Parsleyʼ, ʻFishcakes At The Ritzʼ, ʻThe Seventh Sunriseʼ, ʻFear & Favourʼ; and her autobiography, ʻAdventures of a Jelly Babyʼ.

Sally Farmiloe-Neville

Sally Farmiloe-Neville is best known for playing scheming bitch Dawn Williams for three years in the BBCʼs ʻHowards’ Wayʼ. She began her career as a fashion and advertising model to finance her training in the performing arts independently. Her theatre credits include Miss Gotobed in ʻDirty Linenʼ (Arts Theatre/lead), Naomi in ʻBonkersʼ (National Tour/lead), Mrs Barker in ʻA Bit Between The Teethʼ (National Tour) and Evelyn in ʻAbsent Friendsʼ (National Tour). Sallyʼs first TV role was Vicki in the iconic ʻSteptoe And Sonʼ and she has appeared in numerous ʻtelliesʼ, the most popular being ʻBergeracʼ and ʻCasualtyʼ for the BBC and ʻThe Billʼ and ʻFunny Manʼ for ITV. Her many film parts include Lady Evelyn in ʻIn Search Of Tutankhamenʼ (Fox), Francesca in ʻSpanish Flyʼ (Columbia Tri-Star), Mrs A in ʻHell To Payʼ (Miramax) and Margot in ʻDear Rosieʼ (Film Four). Sally is also an accomplished presenter and author. She is Senior Presenter for W6 Studio and B Well TV and has just launched Kazzy And Sally TV with producer/director R. KAZ. Her latest best-selling book, ʻSensual Pleasures And The Art Of Morphing Into A Health Goddessʼ has been praised as “the ultimate health and beauty directory” (NICKY CLARKE). Sally is a member of Mensa.

Jane Huxleyʼs published novels include ʻMorganʼs Castleʼ, ʻFor The Love Of Penny Whistlerʼ (“Glitter and gutter…lovelorn, war-torn. A compelling read” – Simon Cowell) and ʻSummer Night, Winter Moonʼ (“This is a thrilling, cleverly constructed story of love distorted by jealousy” – Dame Beryl Bainbridge). She lives and works in New York, London and the South of France.

Simon Beyer (Director) has worked on over 50 productions in London, national tours, major city venues and the West End. His most-recent theatre credits include: ʻMy Fifteen Minutesʼ (Writer) – New Wimbledon Theatre; ʻWake Up!!ʼ By Houlton & Jordan (Director) – The Cock Tavern Theatre; ʻFeralʼ by Toby Clarke (Producer) at the New Wimbledon Theatre; ʻStudies For A Portraitʼ by Daniel Reitz (Producer) – White Bear and Oval House theatres (Time Out ‘Critic’s Choice’ both productions); and ʻThe Tempestʼ (Adaptor/Director).

Alex von Saxe Productions is an independent film and theatre production company. ʻWhen The Lilac Blooms, My Loveʼ is the companyʼs first production in the West End and the company is currently in pre-production for two films.

For more information about ‘When The Lilac Blooms, My Love’ call the box office on 0844 847 2475 or visit: www.lilacbloomsplay.com

My Fifteen Minutes – the Musical

My Fifteen Minutes – A new musical by Simon Beyer directed by Natascha Metherell at New Wimbledon Theatre from 17 – 20 March 2010.

This is it! The big moment arrives! A chance to be discovered: fame is just an audition away! You’ve been dreaming all your life of being discovered and now the media spotlight is on YOU!

An instant superstar and all your troubles are behind you – the pop-star life of fame, fortune and adoration are yours for the taking. Everyone loves you; everyone wants to be you.

Do you have what it takes to make it? Can you be the next overnight sensation? Will you be truly happy?  And what happens to your friends and family along the way? With original music, My Fifteen Minutes is a fun-filled musical journey for anyone who’s ever dreamed of fame.

Director – Natascha Metherell is a freelance director who works in both theatre and opera. In addition to her own work, Natascha has worked on staff at ENO, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Garsington and The Rose Theatre Kingston. Recently she has worked as Associate Director to Stephen Unwin and currently to Jonathan Miller. She is resident Associate Director for StoneCrabs Theatre Company.

Music Director – Naveen Arles started playing the piano at 6. Performing from an early age and training at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh he has studied under Murray McLachlan and Richard Beauchamp. At various points he has also studied the violin and performed in band pits with the trumpet. He moved on to Musically Directing shows, running his own production company and conducting and working with choirs. His involvement with theatre grew through experiences whilst living in Edinburgh where Theatre Workshop and the Lyceum exposed him to nationally recognised writers and directors from whom he greatly enjoyed learning. Nav had also been involved with productions during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during his time there. Having composed score for short film and theatre he is now keen to experiment further with choral work.

Lighting Designer – Jacob Mason-Dixon studied Theatre Arts at Middlesex University. He has worked profesionally across a variety of back stage diciplines including stage management, lighting design and set construction. He is the in house technician for the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, and also works at the Bernie Grant Art Centre. Jacob has also worked in varying technical capacities at amongst others, The New End, The Finborough, The New Wimbledon Studio, Oval House, The Hampstead, The White Bear, and The Cock Tavern.

Cast: My Fifteen Minutes

Howard Corlett – hung his corporate boots up 5 years ago after a career in travel. Theatre credits include: Little Boy (Union Theatre), Windermere (The Actors Studio, Liverpool), Viva Las Vegas (Shaw Theatre) and Kiss Me Kate (Minack Theatre). Film credits include: Deep Lies and Photoshoot, both screening at the Cannes Film Festival last year as well as Born of Hope, an independent Lord of the Rings feature, which has been a huge online success. He has featured in national and international commercials, presented on Sky for Life TV and Thomson TV and competed in the finals of BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever.

Judith Quin – trained at The Academy Drama School. She most recently appeared at the Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead in Waltz of the Toreadors and, previously, new comedy Credit Crunch Queen – in which she also had to sing – a deliberately awful version of Dolly Parton’s Jolene…it may have made some reality ‘Talent’ show top 10 worst! Theatre: And Then There Were None (No1’s Tour understudy for lead); Merchant of Venice (Arcola ensemble); Romeo & Juliet (Wimbledon Studio Nurse); Home (Theatre 503 new writing); Snow White & Red Riding Hood (Edinburgh Festival & International Tour Snow White & Gran); Shakespeare for Breakfast (Edinburgh Festival – Also Directed). Film/TV: Feature: Sunstroke (14:26films) – Various short films. TV: Crime Team (Flame TV for C4) ‘Emergency’ & ‘The Real Office’ (TV1 – NZ).

Bethan James – graduated from the BA Acting course at Arts Ed in 2008. Since then she has been involved in numerous projects including premieres of ‘Olive Juice’ in association with the NT Archive and ‘Definate Article’ for the Windsor Fringe. Bethan won the Hobsons Prize for Voiceover in 2008 and has since provided voiceovers for the likes of Blackberry, Kinder, E4, channel 4 and Nickelodeon.

Sean Oakes – started his Training at the Myra Tiffin school of performing arts. Theatre Credits Include: John Darling in Peter Pan (Milton Keynes Theatre); Four Eyes in Tin Pan Ali (National Youth Music Theatre); Vocalist for Think Floyd; Julius Caser in Magic City (Edinburgh Fringe); Theo in Shafted (Edinburgh Fringe/London) Sean Produced his own Musical Theatre Night at the Milton Keynes Theatre last year and plans to produce a second in May this year. He is thrilled to be playing the part of Tom in My Fifteen Minutes.

Zoe Nicole Adkin – recently graduated from The London Studio Centre. Whilst training she played Vivian in Legally Blonde The Musical and Mrs O’Brian in Anthony Minghella’s Whale Music. She was selected to perform at the Criteria Theatre in The London Studio Centre Showcase 09 where she played Curly’s Wife in Of Mice and Men and Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her television credits include The Sunday Night Project (Channel 4) and This Morning (ITV) for The National TV Awards. Zoe is delighted to be making her professional stage debut in My Fifteen Minutes.

For tickets and other information, go visit: www.wordsandpicture.com

Feral by Toby Clarke at New Wimbledon Studio

Feral by Toby Clarke will be played at New Wimbledon Studio from 7th – 24th October 2009.

In a world of sadness and chaos exists Matthew‟s struggle to confront his tortured mind and the man he never wanted to become. His remaining hope is to lose himself in the solitude of a feral world.

Feral is a touching play about a young man isolated through Asperger‟s. Combining gripping text, puppetry and physical theatre, Feral is a story about solitude and strength.

Sketty return after their debut critically-acclaimed show Imogen with another piece of original and emotive drama.

Producer: Simon Beyer
Company: Sketty Productions
Writer/Director: Toby Clarke
Composer: Rupert Cross
Cast: Alex Clarke, Lowri James, Dani Machancoses, Sara Kirkpatrick

About Toby Clarke
Since graduating from Central School of Speech and Drama, Toby Clarke established Sketty Productions and has developed work in collaboration with the Soho Writers’ Centre (Daniel), Oval House Theatre (Melissa), Edinburgh Fringe (Imogen), the Battersea Arts Centre and the National Theatre Studio (Feral).

About Simon Beyer
As a Producer, Simon has recently worked on several critically-acclaimed/Critic’s Choice shows including: Studies For A Portrait by Daniel Reitz (Oval House and White Bear Theatre), BodyClock by Allan Swift (White Bear Theatre) and The Ides of March by Duncan Ley (White Bear Theatre). Simon is the Founder of The Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn, Chairman of StoneCrabs Theatre Company and recently worked as Executive Producer of Good Night Out Presents.

For more information about the show and bookings, click here