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Music and Theatre

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Music and Theatre

Musings from the amateur stage

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This talk includes anecdotes about some of the plays and shows Mike has been involved with during his 30+ years with Drama Groups in York and West Berkshire. Mike also gives a few performances of short comic pieces originally written and performed by some heroes of comedy, like Alan Bennett and Peter Cook.

Talk length - 25 minutes.

Mike Brook

Mike Brook is a recently retired Chief Librarian who enjoys playing a bit of sport and doing “Am Dram”. He started public speaking in 2009 and now on speaker lists for WI Federations for four counties and have given over a hundred talks. Mike's talks aim to entertain and make you laugh.

London's Theatreland

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Explore with us the evolution of the theatre in London with a talk illustrating histories of playhouses and stories about actors who have performed in them. We find out about some of the West End theatres and go backstage to see how the wonderful shows are created. As Alfred Hitchcock said, “Theatre is Life with the dull bits cut out.”

Talk length - 42 minutes.

Andrew Warde

Andrew Warde has more than 40 years experience as a London Blue Badge guide, with additional guide qualifications for the City of London and for Windsor & Eton. He presents illustrated talks and walks in and around London, telling all about historic buildings, curious survivals from times past, or special areas of London life and the Thames riverside. These talks reveal fascinating aspects of London’s past and the people who lived there.

The Magic of London Theatres

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This talk explores the history of the theatre in London from Shakespeare to the present day. It is fully illustrated with over 120 images displaying not only the sumptuous interiors of these "Theatres of Dreams" but with many etchings of by-gone London scenes. A colourful and informative presentation.

Talk length - 44 minutes.

Malcolm Meadows

Following Malcolm's retirement he has been able to follow his interest in Music, Art and a miscellany of subjects to inform and entertain.

Santa Evita

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Eva Peron was not just a character in a musical. This talk explores the true story of Argentina's charismatic and legendary First Lady. Was she a saint or a sinner? Hazel's research has taken several years and has included two visits to Buenos Aires.


Talk length - 50 minutes.

Hazel Griffiths

Hazel Griffiths has worked as a cruise ship speaker for a decade - providing interesting talks that help guests have an enjoyable time ashore. Considered to be one of the best at sea, she has now expanded her portfolio to speak on land too.

The Magical Mystery of Houdini

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A presentation on the amazing life of one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, magician that ever lived. The presentation from Joe Mendell includes some magical secrets.

Talk length - 40 minutes.

Joe Mendell

Joe Mendell - Born in the US, lived in the UK since 1978. Votes in both countries so the governments are both his fault. Has always been an active official in sports; qualified to officiate American Football, baseball, ice hockey, association football and basketball and has even umpired cricket matches. Worked in the computer industry for 30 plus years and retired as a truck driver in 2012. Is very much involved in local amateur dramatics as an actor and director and has even attempted to write 2 plays and 2 books; both yet to be published.

You're Never Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll

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From rocking in the cradle to rocking on television, Vince’s first talk covers his becoming one of Britain’s original teen idols with many appearances on top Saturday evening television shows such as the “Six-Five Special” and “Oh Boy” and his becoming part of the British rock ‘n’ roll dynasty alongside Tommy Steele, Billy Fury, Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Marty Wilde. Vince also reveals the mischief and mayhem created behind the scenes whilst touring with his pal Joe Brown.

Talk length - 44 minutes.

Vince Eager

During his 60 years in showbiz and cruise directing, Vince Eager has collected a wealth of stories, anecdotes, tales, call them what you will, that he enjoys talking and writing about. His on-stage popularity over the years has recently spun off into the success he’s enjoyed with his book, “Vince Eager’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Files” and his presentations. Along with his performing and writing, Vince is becoming more and more in demand for his talks and visual media presentations. Such is the wealth of material at his fingertips that he has three presentations. Two are based on his early years of recording popular music, television shows, concerts and cabaret shows he appeared on, and the third talk covers his performing overseas and fourteen years as a Cruise Director on-board luxury American cruise liners.

Songs of War

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The Bob and Dot Show: Songs of War – let Bob and Dot, (aka Graham and Bronwen of Sun Jester), entertain you with a classy touch of nostalgia. With Dot’s fabulous voice singing live, Bob’s anecdotes and the aid of a working 1934 wind up gramophone, they revisit the popular music of the Second World War and tell often amusing stories about the artistes who entertained the troops and those left at home. Guaranteed entertainment for those who remember and for those who do not.

Talk length - 46 minutes.

Sun Jester

The Bob and Dot Show - Sun Jester (aka Graham and Bronwen Harrison) have been working in history and heritage education for more than 20 years, delivering fun and informative talks and entertainments for all ages.

Singing my way to the stars

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Val describes in amusing detail the challenges of a life in show-biz and enriched by the experience, tells us she wouldn't change a thing!

Talk length - 45 minutes.

Val Wiseman

Award winning singer Val Wiseman began her career in the Midlands before leaving to seek her fame and fortune in 'swinging sixties' London.

An Entertainer's Life

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Shelley’s life in cabaret as a limbo dancer, fire-eater, belly dancer, illusionist, disc jockey and radio presenter to children’s entertainer, storyteller and balloon modeller.

Shelley shares her incredible journey and experiences through her showbiz career with inspirational and motivational stories from her life as an international cabaret artiste and entertainer, accompanied by photographs, funny stories and video clips. An amusing and entertaining look at life as an Entertainer in her varied and professional career.


Talk length - 41 minutes.

Shelley Lozano

Shelley Lozano has worked professionally as a cabaret artiste and entertainer for over 30 years which has taken her as far afield as Europe, Kathmandu, India and the Middle East. She is now an author and radio presenter with a weekly wildlife show and through her work, helps raise awareness and funds for endangered wildlife and offers fun and entertaining talks for a variety of functions and events to suit audiences of all ages.

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