Thursday, 23 October 2014

A Night to Remember…

21st October 2014 saw the culmination of year's work as we gathered downstairs in The Exchange Bar in Leicester for the launch of our anthology 'Phoenix Square'. It was a great night, a credit to the hard work and dedication of all the members of the group. Well done us.

Phoenix Writer, Mayapee Chowdhury, opening the proceedings to…
…an appreciative audience.
Mr John Nowell from Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance,
(our chosen charity) speaks about the work they do.
Wayne Kelly and Maya handing over a cheque for £300 which we've raised so far
from the sale of our anthology.
The highlight of the evening were readings of three stories from the anthology by local actors.
The stories were chosen by a blind vote.
Kieron Atwood reading 'Baptism of Fire' by Tom Everley.
Neil May reading 'A gentleman's Agreement' by Daniel Ribot.
Peter Glover reading 'Two Coats' by Liz Chell.
A short interlude while Leah Osbourne gets ready for the raffle – a chance to win a bespoke story
in the genre of choice to be written by one of the members. More money for Air Ambulance.
And the drawing of the raffle. Phoenix Writer, Krys Wysocki
will now be writing a children's story for the winner.
And many thanks to Maria Smith, who set the ball rolling
on this project all those months ago.

And many thanks to the actors:

Peter Glover - @Pierre0305

Leicester based professional Actor and Director. 30 years experience of stage, TV and film. Newly appointed Director of Theatre at KLiCActing.

Kieron Atwood - @kieronattwood
Kieron is a Leicester based actor currently up to his eyeballs in corporate training with the good people of Jaguar Land Rover. Other recent work includes the the ACE funded 'Statistics Unavailable' touring the Midlands until November, the original radio comedy 'Exorcism' and feature film 'A Dozen Summers'. In his spare time Kieron enjoys perfecting his gurning for the forthcoming panto season. Finally as a failed cinema projectionist who managed, during a public showing, to burn through the final reel of the Matthew Broderick travesty that was 'Godzilla' Kieron is viewing this story as a 'getting back on the horse' of sorts. Hopefully no head wound and apology to a full auditorium tonight.

Neil May - @NeilMay1
Neil is a Leicestershire actor who's recent work includes Till The Boys Come Home (Chorus Theatre), BOOM! and Numbers (The 14/48 Festival), What Legacy? and On His Wedding Day (Original Ink), and Follow The Lady and The King's Dove Keeper (Off The Fence) which were performed at Curve.Neil is very much involved in the development of new work and is currently working on A Quarter Full (Theatre Collective @TheWorkshop) in Birmingham. Neil is also an Associate Artist of KLiC, the resident performance company at The Y Theatre, who will be presenting their next production 5 Minutes in Leicester in January 2015.

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