2015 Noël Coward Birthday Celebrations
Peace In Our Time
Round table panel discussion on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at The Noel Coward Theatre from 10:30am - 1:30pm.
To complement the recently recorded audio adaptation of Coward's Peace In Our Time Digital Drama supported by the Noel Coward Foundation are hosting a round table panel discussion including excerpts from the play performed by members of the cast exploring the subject matter and concepts behind the story and the counterfactual alternate history scenario & context of Peace In Or Time. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have graciously agreed to our use of the Noel Coward Theatre for this event which will be recorded as a study aid to be made available for educational purposes for students and researchers of Noel Coward. The event is free to Members.
The participants include:
Geoffrey Johnson was Noël Coward's American Representative for many years from the 1960s and is well known to NCS members from his attendance, participation and support of many Coward Society events.
Formerly a Reader in Drama at the University of Sheffield, Frances Gray has written books on Coward, comedy, crime writing and radio drama as well as several things that have engaged with Noël Coward - a full length study in 1987, a contribution to the Coward centenary volume in 2003, and to several studies of British Theatre, including the one produced by Methuen and the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012, Played in Britain. She also wrote a biography of one of Coward's closest friends in the 1920s, Meggie Albanesi, and in one of Frances’ own plays about Albanesi, funded by the Society for Theatre Research, Coward appeared as a character.
Brian is a playwright currently working on a screenplay about Coward’s experiences in WWII. Brian's debut on television was his critically acclaimed BBC adaptation of his own cult comic play about the great cook/hostess Fanny Craddock, Fear of Fanny, starring Julia Davis and Mark Gatiss. Other work includes writing the BBC4 drama The Curse of Steptoe and the screenplay for the film An Englishman In New York, marking the second instalment of Quentin Crisp's life story. He is working on a screenplay based on Noël Coward’s experiences during the Second World War.
Dramatist Martyn Wade is a writer; it is his adaptation of ‘Peace in our time’ which has been recorded for radio. He has written many plays and adaptations for radio. His original play for radio Singles and Doublets was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and won David Troughton a Best Supporting Actor Award in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013. A fourth series of The Little Ottleys is commissioned, and recent credits include The Healing of Sergei Rachmaninov and Moeran’s Last Symphony.
There will also be two actors from the recent production of PIOT, giving readings from the play.
Refreshments will be available in the theatre's Albery Bar from 10:30 on the morning of the event which is scheduled to start at around 11am. The discussion and Q & A session will conclude by 1:30pm.
There is no charge for this event which will undoubtedly create a lively and fascinating debate.
Please confirm with Stephen Greenman if you wish to attend via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on either 07956 27 11 44 or 01795 880 750.
An Evening in Mayfair - Dinner at Dartmouth House with the English Speaking Union.
The Society and The English Speaking Union are joint-hosting an evening event at their Georgian Headquarters in Mayfair just off Berkeley Square, London W1 on Monday 11th of April beginning with drinks in The Windsor room from 7:00 pm.
The evening will include a cabaret artist and performers from leading Drama Schools enacting selected material from Coward Plays and writings in the Churchill Room.
A three course dinner with wines will be served in the Long Drawing Room from 8pm.
Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the work of the ESU focussing on their "Discover Your Voice" programme for the young. Officers of the ESU will provide a brief outline on the aims of the programme and their wider work in building confidence in young people on the evening. An optional voluntary donation towards the ESU Programme would be most warmly and gratefully received.
The menu will be available shortly and the anticipated cost for the event will be around £70.
If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Stephen Greenman:
07956 27 11 44 or 01795 880 750.
'Friends of Noël Coward'
Changes in the Name and Administration of the Society
Officers of the Noël Coward Society met in the summer of 2015 to discuss the future of the organisation with a view to consolidating the achievements to date whilst establishing the longer term sustainability of its activities on a stronger footing.
The committee felt that although the Society has generated a significant level of interest in Noël Coward in the fifteen years since its inception, and had involved members in a wide range of activities and events, the time had come to seek new ways of generating interest and participation in the world of Noël Coward by adopting a more collaborative relationship with other key organisations.
The principal organisations in the UK with a key interest in Noël Coward include:
- The Noël Coward Foundation
- The Noël Coward Estate
- The Noël Coward Archive Trust (newly established)
- The Noël Coward Society (Trading as Noël Coward Limited).
- To align the organisations within a collaborative arrangement that facilitates the dissemination of information, expertise and news on all things relating to the work of Noël Coward.
- To increase the membership and attract younger members.
- To attract those people with an interest in Noel Coward who might not want to be members of a ‘Society’.
The full proposal document that was presented at the last AGM can be viewed here.
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Digital Drama's • 'Peace In Our Time'
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