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Drama group wants help celebrating its 20th birthday


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Maverick Theatre's 20th birthday will take place next year and the company will celebrate with a number of events, including the publication of a MaverBook - a book containing collections of memories and experiences.

According to Chiswick-based Nick Hennegan, Artistic Director and Producer of Maverick Theatre, the book will chronicle the triumphs and tragedies of running a theatre company. But Nick says that to complete the book they really need memories from fans and supporters.

Denise Guilfoyle and Ian Booker in Maverick Theatre's first production, 'Educating Rita'

"It doesn't matter if you've just met us through the Literary Pub Crawl.  Or if you acted with us. Or you volunteered. Or if you came to see one of our productions at the Billesley Pub, in Birmingham or on tour over the years.  It would be great to include your memories and comments, good or bad, however small.

"Just jot your memories down and/or photos in an email and send them to

"It can be just a sentence or a complete chapter. It can talk about a particular show or just what you were up to and how you felt then. Nothing is too small and I would LOVE to hear from people whether they are in New York or the New Billesley. 

"Don't worry about not being a writer. We'll help with that and you will have full approval before your writings go into the book."

The book will be available directly from us or on Amazon and may also be in book shops. It will be available both in e-book form and hard copy.

The basis of the book will be their 1997 production journal, How To Make A Crisis Out Of A Drama, which they came across this year and have managed to scan. It's a stream of consciousness diary about the making of their new play A Ghost of A Chance and six months of Maverick life.

Ghost won the Guinness Award through the Royal National Theatre and premiered at the Billesley in 1997, directed by John Adams.

The book will also include diary extracts about working with kids, Derek Jacobi, Princess Diana, the Internet , Stage 2 Youth Theatre, the Birmingham Rep, the USA, Chelsea Arts Club and RADA; and as Nick says, " the problems we came across, the parties we went to and the triumphs and tragedies of running a theatre company."

Maverick have started a new summer season of the London Literary Pub Crawl. and they are looking to issue units (like shares) to raise money through a commercial company. They are also arranging Writers' Retreats in Birmingham and London.

May 10, 2013

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