All the talks listed below will be via Zoom meetings. About two weeks before each talk all members will receive an emailed invite from our Meetings Co-ordinator, asking if they wish to attend the talk. There is a limited of 95 attendees, and these will be allocated to the first 95 responses to that email. A few days before the actual date of the talk, a link to join the meeting will be emailed to those confirmed acceptances. On the day of the talk, all attendees will be automatically ‘muted’ to avoid any interruptions from background noises. Though the talks start at 11am, you can sign in to Zoom from 10:30am.
History of the Carry On films
Monday 24th May, 11am – with Steve Dimmer
Steve has many talks that he presents and this one is very popular. The History of the Carry On films is about how they were made and promises to be both funny and interesting.
From script to stage: putting on a play in the age of Shakespeare
Monday 14th June, 11am – Niall Boyce, Birkbeck College, London
How did acting companies go about staging drama in Shakespeare’s London? This talk tracks the journey of plays from the page to the playhouse. It includes a guide to bad behaviour in the theatre, stories of how actors and authors got in (and out) of trouble, and an exploration of how Plymouth was portrayed on the Renaissance stage.
From Radio Caroline to Classic FM
Monday 28th June, 11am – with Nick Bailey
Nick had a radio career spanning more than 50 years – from pirate Radio Caroline to Britain’s first national commercial radio station, Classic FM. Nick’s career in broadcasting got off the ground at the tender age of 19 when he started as a newsreader on Radio Caroline in 1966. He was also the original BBC Radio 5 Live Hong Kong correspondent. At Classic FM he was awarded a Sony Gold award for the best Breakfast Show, and in 1996 his Classic Romance show was voted Programme of the Year. During 25 years with the station, Nick became the only person to have presented every programme.