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FESTIVAL NEWS

Following confirmed bookings at Beaminster Festival, Mere Literary Festival and Bewdley Book Week there is now an invitation to promote the new book MEANDERINGS; A RIVER AND A LIFE at the CHARROUX LITERARY FESTIVAL in France on Friday 25th August 2017 at 12.30pm. Watch this space for more Festival details.

BRIAN FREELAND
SPEAKER, PLAYWRIGHT, and now AUTHOR

Brian Freeland started in the theatre in 1959, direct from National Service, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop company.

For the British Council he has toured extensively abroad with dance and drama companies including three residencies in the Middle East, eight tours of the Indian sub-continent, and two circumnavigations of the globe.

Since ‘retirement’ he has lived in France, Scotland and,
now, Sussex, directing, writing scripts, giving talks
and - at last - writing the long-promised autobiography.


FUTURE TALKS

G B SHAW: PLAYING THE CLOWN
can be seen at

BATTLE U3A
Monday 8th May 2017

SALISBURY U3A
Wednesday 7th June 2017

BEAMINSTER FESTIVAL
Tuesday 27th June 2017

SEVENOAKS PROBUS
Thursday 6th July 2017

WOMEN OF THE RAJ
can be seen at

WILLINGDON WI
Thursday 11th May 2017

STAUNTON GROUP WI
HAVANT
Monday 22nd May 2017

HYTHE LADIES PROBUS
SOUTHAMPTON
Friday 26th May 2017

EAST SUSSEX FOLK
from John Freeland to Rudyard Kipling
can be enjoyed at

PEVENSEY LHS
Monday 1st May 2017

WADHURST HISTORY SOCIETY
Thursday 11th May 2017

STEYNING PROBUS
Monday 5th June 2017

 

 

 

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Saturday 28th May 2016.
Shaw and William Morris were close friends, and it was a great thrill to present GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: PLAYING THE CLOWN in the Morris Memorial Hall at Kelmscott where Shaw himself performed the opening ceremony in 1934. A friendly audience, and a memorable evening.

PLAYING THE CLOWN was performed in Malvern, a town associated with another of Shaw’s friends, Edward Elgar, as part of the 2016 Autumn in Malvern Festival, and also in Ellen Terry’s private theatre at Smallhythe, in Kent.

SHAW at KELMSCOTT MANOR, MALVERN AUTUMN FESTIVAL & SMALLHYTHE

PUT OUT MORE SEATS   (all three were return bookings)

GUILDFORD INSTITUTE  20.1.16
VIEW FROM THE WINGS
“most enjoyable - a real tonic”
start delayed while we put out
more chairs.

BEXHILL MUSEUM 17.2 16
EAST SUSSEX FOLK
“truly interesting talk. I have never seen so many people at one of our Wednesday lectures.”

PLYMOUTH MUSEUM 23.2.16
WOMEN OF THE RAJ
“both informative and entertaining”
start held while the staff brought in
more seats
  

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AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY PLAYS at BRISTOL NATIONAL TRUST 29.10.16

“Thanks for a great talk. From the reactions of your audience it was clear that you very much hit the spot! At a time when audiences are increasingly diverted by Powerpoint presentations it is refreshing to find a speaker who can hold a group enthralled with the spoken word alone. It is something you are able to achieve in spades! Thank you again for your support of the NT Bristol Centre’s Talks programme”.
Dave Moore.

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lovely war poster

FIRST ‘DOUBLE BILL’

UNDER GROUND THEATRE, EASTBOURNE. 3rd March 2017:

For forty minutes, in THE VIEW FROM THE WINGS, Brian shared some of the highlights from his decades of involvement in the theatre world while we, the audience, hung on every word. After the break he used the life-story of Clarkson Rose, the TWINKLE producer, to take us through 50 YEARS OF SEASIDE ENTERTAINMENT. He had us laughing - and singing! His timing, his clever props, his ability to switch moods on demand showed him to be a real ‘man of the theatre’.
Robin Gregory in the Eastbourne Herald.
Full review on the Double Bill page of this website.

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