HUGE SUCCESS for The Terence Rattigan Society Award for a new play for the theatre.
Update – September, 2016.
The Society is delighted to announce that one hundred and ninety seven (197) eligible scripts have arrived. Receipt of the first one hundred and twenty three of these scripts has already been acknowledged. These first 123 scripts have already been sent out to our readers and several of them have gained high marks and some most encouraging reports have been received. If you have sent us a script but have not yet received an acknowledgement, please bear with us. It is taking more time than we anticipated to deal with the large amount received.
Each submission, providing it fulfils the criteria stipulated, will be read, anonymously, by two readers. Based on the reports of these two readers, who will have no knowledge of the other reader’s report, the interim judges will then select a Longlist of 20 best plays.
The 20 best plays will go on to be read by a third reader and eventually a shortlist of three plays will be selected and sent to the Final Judges – Thea Sharrock, Julian Fellowes, David Suchet and Professor Dan Rebellato.
We cannot say just yet when the final results will be announced. Please watch this space…
TICKET OFFER: The Browning Version at The Abbey Theatre, St Albans 16th-24th Sept
The theatre has agreed to offer TRS members a discounted rate for this production of £10 per ticket (this would be for the whole evening i.e. The Browning Version and Black Comedy) and is limited to two tickets per booking. Members will need to create an account on the web site www.abbeytheatre.org.uk and quote the offer code TRS16.
The Terence Rattigan Society
President: Princess George Galitzine MBE
Vice Presidents: Michael Darlow. Greta Scacchi. David Suchet, CBE. Geoffrey Wansell.
Chairman: Barbara Longford
The Terence Rattigan Society was founded in Sir Terence Rattigan’s centenary year, 2011, to celebrate, enjoy and study the work and life of one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest playwrights. A prolific and successful author of plays and film scripts, Terence Rattigan’s most celebrated works include ‘French Without Tears’, ‘The Winslow Boy’, ‘The Browning Version’, ‘The Deep Blue Sea’, and ‘Separate Tables’.
BENEFITS of membership include:
A regular printed copy of the dedicated magazine, with articles by leading playwrights, biographers and critics, as well as theatre listings and news and views.
Visits to the leading drama schools for Rattigan productions, by talented young students.
Masterclasses for students both young and mature, arranged in cooperation with the drama schools.
Theatre visits at discount prices, with optional suppers and an opportunity to meet like-minded people. Discussions with cast members and directors.
Opportunities to visit Rattigan’s home at Albany and his birthplace in Cornwall Gardens.
Events at The Garrick Club, courtesy of its historian, Geoffrey Wansell.
Opportunities to attend events at Rattigan’s former school, Harrow and to explore their Rattigan archive.
Opportunities to visit RAF sites with a Rattigan resonance, with film screenings and supper.
Walking tours of areas where Rattigan lived and worked.
The Society was founded in 2011 with the support and approval of The Sir Terence Rattigan Charitable Trust and also of his biographers, Michael Darlow and Geoffrey Wansell.
Christmas Event: Saturday 3rd December, 2016
2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH
Rattigan on Screen
2.30 p.m.. The Cinema Museum
Guest of Honour: Liz Fraser
London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema. Set in historic surroundings in the former Lambeth Workhouse, Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, the Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, including items relating to former Workhouse inmate, Charlie Chaplin.
Clive Montellier will open the event by interviewing our Guest of Honour, Liz Fraser. Well known for her many appearances in British films, Liz Fraser has a number of connections with the world of Rattigan. In 1970, she appeared opposite Telly Savalas in a TV production of Man and Boy, and she has also appeared on stage in Flarepath. In addition, one of her early cameo roles was in Wonderful Things, opposite our President in her film debut.
Our featured film for the day will be ‘The Sound Barrier’ released in 1952 with screenplay by Terence Rattigan. Epitomising the groundbreaking work of the British aviation industry, this was the film highlighted by Simon Heffer in his address to the Birthday Dinner as one of the shining examples of post-War British film-making. Our day will also include a tour of the museum for those who have not already had this experience.
Tickets cost £12 to include refreshments.
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