April performances involving TSL authors

Harrow Opera double bill – Ezra Williams is music director
18 & 19 April 2024 at 7.30pm
20 & 21 April 2024 at 3pm
Compass Theatre, Ickenham, UB10 8PD
Box office: 01895 250615
The Medium – music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini – sung in English in a new translation by Leon Berger
Stage Direction: Leon Berger
Music Direction: TSL author Ezra Williams

Clement Attlee by Francis Beckett
Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April @ 7.30pm
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April @ 2.30pm
Venues in Harrogate and Ripon – see leaflet for details or visit www.redwalltheatre.org.uk
For more on Clement Attlee and Francis Beckett, click here


Featuring TSL Drama on stage

Watch the TSL calendar and postings for further details on what TSL playwrights and scripts are being performed:

Francis Beckett author of Clement Attlee: A Modest Little Man has an
Extended second run for Vodka with Stalin at Upstairs at the Gatehouse due to high demand. Show will now run on
27 March at 7.30 pm
29 March to 1 April at 7.40 pm
2 April at 4 pm
8 April at 7.30 pm
9 April at 4 pm
Tickets from upstairsatthegatehouse.com or phone 020 8340 3488.

David Stroud and Barbara Towell‘s Night Duty is to coming soon to East Lane Theatre.

And Kim Wedler‘s What was I saying… is scheduled too for the stage about July.

Other scripts which have already been performed include:
* various by Melville Lovatt,
* James Kenworth’s When Chaplin met Gandhi
*Trust by Christopher X Morris.

see https://tslbooks.uk/drama for more detail and other plays published by TSL Drama.


TSL author videos #Video #Creative #Insights

Some TSL authors have created videos related to their books. Click on the image to purchase the book(s).

Book titleAuthorVideo link
Francis Beckett

(video features TSL author, Clive Greenwood)
A Youtube taster of my play A Modest Little Man, with @greenwood_clive
as the king, Roger Rose as Clem Attlee, and Lynne O'Sullivan as Violet Attlee.
Mavis Pachtervideo
Ezra WilliamsRadio Interview
Part 1
Part 2
Intros to ...
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Margaret L Moorevideo
Robbie CheadleRobbie's son Greg has captured some videos of Robbie and Michael baking showing you how to make their various creations. Alongside the videos on TSL, Greg and Robbie now have their own channel
Melville Lovatt, Theatre, MonologueMelville LovattThe Wall’ and ‘The Teddy Bear’ from his collection Standing Alone are on YouTube by East Lane Theatre Company
Dave RobsonIntro
Part 2
Ezra WilliamsRiverside Radio ; Radio Dacorum
Poets of the 3rd Agepodcast

Player Playwrights #drama #theatre #performance

Back in January 2019 I had the pleasure of meeting Player Playwrights at The Tavern, their London base. While TSL playwright Melville Lovatt was the catalyst in bringing us together, an outcome of that encounter has been the signing of a number of authors – both for plays and short stories.

So, it is with great pleasure that TSL can showcase the work of this group of playwrights and actors whether or not they’ve been published by TSL.
Take a look and then see who has been published by TSL (and it’s not just drama)


The people you meet: market selling

For a time TSL sold books at markets as part of our attempt to get a fair deal for readers and authors. Sadly, we no longer do as few cater to our model of working.
In my experience, for shoppers markets are either exciting with innovative and varied items or ‘more of the same’ where multiple stall-holders are competing to sell the same thing. For the stall-holder it’s a sometimes rushed off your feet experience but more likely sitting and waiting trying not to look bored.
It’s also an opportunity to get to meet other people, shoppers and stall-holders alike, and that can be absolutely fascinating.
Here are some of the stallholders and others we’ve met along our journey:
Delicious Dauntsey (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DeliciousDauntsey) – lovely homemade jams and chutneys
Izipikili – (izipikili.com) – an innovative nail painting resource
Blue Amber Crystals – (www.blueambercrystals.co.uk) – beautiful stone lamps amongst other stones
Natural Quilts – www.naturalquilts.com – quilts that fold into pillows when not needed.
Joanne Shaw designs – www.joanneshawdesigns.co.ulk – gifts and cards which definitely caught my eye
Bernadine’s creations – www.bernadines-creations.co.uk – handmade jewellery
Natural Fragrance Company – www.naturalfragrancecompany.co.uk
The Harrow Marquetry Group (the craft and art of making pictures, decorative designs and patters using woods) – in Hatch End, HA5 4DZ
Sarah’s Scentsations – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SarahsScentsations
Serenity Sciences semi precious stone bead earings – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SerenitySciences and www.facebook.com/SerentitySciencesJewellery
Made by Hels – unique hand knit and hand crotchet designs – www.etsy.com/shop/madebyhels, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (madebyhels)
Little Prints – making little moments into memories that will last – www.littleprintskeepsakes.com

A pity some didn’t have websites but if you happen to see them at a market, their tables are worth exploring for a little gem:
Crescent Cards at Boxmoor – handmade quality cards (something a little different in my view)
Pillows at Northwood, thanks for the photo (it – the pillow – now adorns my reading corner)
Bags at Northwood and Beaconsfield – specially made bags for books – what more could a book buyer ask for?
A Bead Bookmark – made from recycled beads (I’ve put one to the test and it rates amongst the most practical yet)

Keep an eye on our calendar to see where we’ll be.
Markets to date include:
Northwood Craft Market
Fishery Wharf Sunday Market, Boxmoor
And as TSL works in partnership, you are likely to meet at least one author helping to look after the stall or popping by to support.
Although TSL no longer does markets, we still meet incredible people in so many different places.


TSL authors support charities

In addition to TSL books which carry a donation to a charity, some of our authors hold events to fundraise for causes close to their hearts.

A proportion of Royalties from sales on Alexander Crombie‘s Become the Wind are going to the Blind Chess Association. Similarly, the St Alban’s U3A Poetry group used some of the proceeds of their sales to support an Alzheimer charity.

Henry Dawe has released a song celebrating the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to raising funds in aid of The Silver Line helpline for older people.

Robbie Cheadle supports Gift of Sight in South Africa. You can make a donation through TSL

Sue Hampton is very active.
Together with fellow writer and partner, Leslie Tate, they support The Pepper Foundation through Berkhamsted Live events.
Sue also supports Alopecia UK and was a Trustee for a small charity supporting refugees anywhere and homeless people in the UK – People Not Borders, now part of Herts For Refugees. More recently she is supporting Extinction Rebellion with sales of her book Rebelling for Life.

Dave Robson is supporting Save the Children (Syria). Join him by donating through Just Giving

Marthe Kiley-Worthington is behind We are all Mammals which aims to “advance mutually beneficial relationships between humans & mammals, through knowledge. education & research.”

Andy Myddelton‘s history of Tottenham Hotspur supports The Foundation for Endangered Species (FES).

Proceeds from Fraser Parson‘s books on Strumble the Cat go to Amersham Parksinson’s UK.

with Jo Meintjes supporting dog welfare in South Africa and Rachel Haywood a cattery in Cumbria.

In addition, TSL has a few books for sale in support of charities – Northwood VAD Hospital (on request) and The Little Elephant who Could.

Have you seen?


Leslie Tate interviews

Leslie Tate, author of Heaven’s Rage published by TSL, publishes a weekly interview with someone in the creative field. My plan had been to link to my favourite Leslie Tate interviews, but Leslie’s interests are quite diverse: literature, poetry, music and art with links between all, that I soon realised I’d be listing most of his interviews for different reasons.

And, rather than duplicate things, I recommend you pop across to his site and take a peak. They go back to July 2015.

I look forward to seeing which is your favourite and why.

Thanks Pablo for the image