Thursday, 6 December 2018

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Tickets Offer for Exciting Dance Theatre Retelling of Hansel & Gretel at The Place This X-Mas

I've got some allocation of £10 adults tickets (usually £14) and £5 children tickets (usually £8)
for Uchenna Dance retelling of Hansel and Gretel at the Place (please see e-flyer below).

This classic fairy tale gets a dance makeover to create an adventure that will delight the whole family and leave them grooving right up until Christmas!
"Many festive kids shows are billed as a celebration of the imagination but few will get their young audience waacking and voguing like this."
The Guardian - Ten of the best theatre shows for Christmas 2018
These tickets are available for performances in December on the following dates and times:
Sat 15 - 2pm, Sun 16 - 11am, Sun 16 - 3.30pm, Tue 18 - 1pm, Wed 19 - 1pm, Thu 20 - 1pm, Thu 20 - 7pm,
Sat 22 - 10.30am, Sat 22 - 2pm, Sun 23 - 11am, Sun - 3.30pm and Mon 24 - 11am.

To book this offer please call the Box Office on  020 7121 1100 or go online and use the promocode HGOFFER.

I would be grateful if you can please help pass this information on to all staff, so that they can take up on this offer.

Thanks for your support.


Bid Mosaku
Audience Development
07875 092469

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

From myGwork. raising money for THT - World Aids Day

Dear member,

I hope you are well.

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the first World Aids Day.
With over 100,000 people in the UK living with HIV and 5,000 people diagnosed every year, the struggle is not over, but with Terrence Higgins Trust we are striving towards #ZeroHiV.

This year on Thursday November 29th, Salesforce and Barclays will be hosting a fabulous night of entertainment and bubbles to raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust and their Positive Voices programme.
Positive Voices enables people living with HIV share their personal stories to raise awareness of HIV and promote good sexual health for everyone
Tickets are £25 – all the money will go to Terrence Higgins Trust, along with everything else we raise that night.
Here’s what you’ll get:
  • Bubbles and canapés upon arrival
  • Entertainment from a DJ & not one but two fabulous drag queens
  • A raffle with some fantastic prizes!
Location: Salesforce Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Date: Thursday, 29th November 2018
Time: 6pm till 8.30pm

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday,

Kind regards

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

2018 is drawing to a close, all best wishes!

Well yes, Chrismas is calling, Diwali is now passed and the evenings are drawing ever so early in the day, parties abound and it is the time to be jolly. Think about others who cannot and think about those who you have not spoken for a while, they may enjoy getting in touch again...

I get people to reconnect sometimes even after a break of five years and we take it from there as it was yesterday. Life is like that sometimes.

This year started with some good news, two of my nieces announced they were pregnant and some bad news, some friends died, other friends celebrated in style their significant birthdays through the year.

Travelling to and fro Belgium, Wales and London with the little escapes to ski in Les Gets and the sea in Thassos, GPN and The Whitefriars Club continue to thrive and I am delighted to have welcomed many people and speakers to both of them.

Lady Colin Campbell attended the first GPN of the year and Jerry Hayes the first Whitefriars Dinner both at the Savile Club. I visited the Supreme Court and attended the Civic Luncheon in the Crypt of the Guildhall and dined in the Judge's Chambers at the Old Bayley with the Sherif of London with the Bishopsgate Ward Club.

Other speakers at the Whitefriars Club were The Rt Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Chartres KCVO ChStJ PC FSA at the Palace of Westminster in February to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Geoffrey Mub, Dele Ogun, Jeff Anderson, Lord Lisvane and A.N. Wilson.

GPN celebrated diversity and inclusion at the House of Lords in July with The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar who subsequently became our Patron. Other speakers were Abel Rubinstein, the director, Dan de la Motte who took us around Soho, Gary Henshaw, Robert S J Lucas when we went to see his musical at "The Other Palace" and Niall Cunniffe.

I attended a fundraising dinner at the The Belgian Ambassador Residence for the Torch Kindling Ceremony who just happened this November, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of the first World War, so called the Great War but really there is nothing great about a war, it is just awful to see what humanity can let itself so down, let's never forget!

Filming wise, I was fortunate to work with Renee Zelwegger who I think will land an oscar for her rendition of this film, it is sadly to early to let you know what I have been up to with the other films as they are not out yet but look at your screens big and small for some adverts and wonderful films that I was delighted to be in. This year you probably seen me already in Vanity Fair, Ready Player One, The Crown, Film Stars don't die in Liverpool, The Children Act, Darkest Hour, Johnny English and Fantastic Beasts. I also did my first narration for a French Film in May

Lunches and dinner were spent in the usual haunts of the Savile, Turf, Civil Service, Boodle and National Liberal Club were we seen this year's start on the terrace and there were parties also at The Inner Temple and the Chelsea Arts Club.

Two of my nieces celebrate their 40th birthday, one in January, yet the party was in May, and the other in December, guess the party is next year.

I worn for the first time a kilt for the wedding celebration at the House of Lords of Roland and David and will again for Burns Night next year.

There is probably too much to remember and forgive me if I do, there are much more that I attended, some that I cannot talk about but it has been a very enjoyable year surrounded by the love and friendship of family and friends.

I very much look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you and yours all the very best for Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Christmas and the New Years.

Love, Peace and Light to you all.

Yours truly,


Special £10 Tickets Offers for 3 Shows at Stratford East

Good Morning,

I hope you are all well.

I've just been allocated £10 tickets for three shows at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The three shows are The UnreturningSleeping Beauty and Equus (please see e-flyer below)

These £10 tickets are available on the following dates and times below.

The Unreturning
Thu 17 Jan, 7.30pm
Sat 19 Jan, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 26 Jan, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 02 Feb, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
When booking use promocode FRANTIC 10

Sleeping Beauty
Mon 31 Dec, 7pm
Wed 02 Jan, 7pm
Thu 03 Jan, 2pm and 7pm
Fri 04 Jan, 7pm
When booking use promocode PANTO 10

Fri 15 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 16 Feb, 7.30pm
Mon 18 Feb, 7.30pm
Tue 19 Feb, 7.30pm
Wed 20 Feb, 7.30pm
When booking use promocode EQUUS 10

To book the offers on all three shows please call the Box Office on 0208 534 0310 or go online and use the promocode for each show.

Please help spread the word and pass this information on to staff and members so that they can take up on these offers.

Thanks for your support.


Bid Mosaku
Audience Development
07875 092469
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Critically-acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly come to Stratford East in January 2019 with their smash-hit new play THE UNRETURNING.
THE UNRETURNING is a compelling new drama that  explores the effects of war on three different generations of young men.
Frantic Assembly have won countless awards for their celebrated style of physical theatre and this show 'oozes prestige like a flagship BBC drama.' (The Stage)
This is your only chance to see the show in London and you can get£10 tickets* by using the code FRANTIC10 when booking online or over the phone, 020 8534 0310.
Offer is valid on prices bands A and B for the following performances:

Thu 17 Jan, 7.30pm
Sat 19 Jan, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 26 Jan, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 02 Feb, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
London's most-loved panto opens in two weeks and you get £10 tickets for top-price seats for specific performances.
Use code PANTO10 when booking to get £10 tickets on price bands A and B for the following performances:

Mon 31 Dec, 7pm
Wed 02 Jan, 7pm
Thu 03 Jan, 2pm and 7pm
Fri 04 Jan, 7pm
Peter Shaffer's classic psychological thriller is re-imagined by award-winning director Ned Bennett. EQUUS is a co-production with English Touring Theatre and opens here in Stratford before going on tour - so you can see it before anyone else.
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, EQUUS promises to be one of the standout theatre events in 2019.
Get £10 tickets to all preview performances by using code EQUUS10when booking. Valid on price bands A, B and C for the following performances:
Fri 15 Feb, 7.30pm
Sat 16 Feb, 7.30pm
Mon 18 Feb, 7.30pm
Tue 19 Feb, 7.30pm
Wed 20 Feb, 7.30pm
"Magnificent... an electrifying evening of theatre."
Sunday Times on Equus, 2007
*£10 tickets offer for The Unreturning,  Sleeping Beauty and Equus is valid for specific performances and price bands as stated. Not valid on any other dates of price bands. Offer can be revoked at any time.
Box Office - 020 8534 0310
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Coming up at Stratford East
The Wolves 24 Oct - 17 Nov 2018
Sleeping Beauty 01 Dec 2018 - 12 Jan 2019
The Unreturning - 16 Jan - 02 Feb 2019
Equus - 15 Feb - 23 Mar 2019
Noughts & Crosses - 24 Apr - 05 May 2019
King Hedley II - 17 May - 15 Jun 2019
Box Office: 020 8534 0310
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Thank you for coming yesterday

Not many pictures, sorry! We were a select number, 16 people who had the privilege to be treated to bubbly and mince pies in Aspinal of Mayfair while browsing, and buying with 20% off, some lovely leather goods and afterward we crossed the road to The Mayfair Exchange in Brooks Street for more nibbles and wine. We came back home late with a smile. Thank you to those of you who already sent their thanks and compliments. Onwards to 2019! All very best wishes for Christmas, Hanukkah, Saturnalia and the New Year!

Monday, 12 November 2018




Today, 11th November, is Remembrance Day - a memorial day observed in the UK and many other countries.
It’s a tradition that began at the end of the First World War, a moment to remember the men and women who had died in battle as hostilities finally ended on 11th November 1918 - the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.
The symbol of Remembrance Day is the poppy - the flower that bloomed across the battlefields of Flanders, their brilliant red a powerful reminder of the blood that had been spilled.
War is horrific, but the war to end all wars - as WWI was described at the time - didn’t end war. War seems to be a default setting that we somehow constantly return to, an intrinsic part of human nature that we deplore but somehow can never evolve beyond.Remembrance Day is also a moment to reflect on the devastation caused by war, to reflect on the men and women whose lives have been cut short because they followed orders. It’s also a time to think about the LGBTQ people who have served in military struggles through the ages - to try and understand what their experience might have been like.
In England, the First World War came at a time soon after homosexual contact of any kind had been outlawed - the penal code was amended to include this prohibition in 1885. It’s been reported that during the First World War, 22 officers and 270 enlisted men from the British army were court-marshalled for homosexuality.
The situation in France was slightly different. The revolution in France had resulted in the repeal of a number of laws which effectively meant that homosexuality was not illegal. However, sexual encounters between men were still widely viewed as immoral.
Adding a bit of drama to the picture is what was happening in Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cabinet and entourage was caught up in a series of court-martials and libel trials from 1907–1909 in what is now described at the Eulenburg affair. Homosexuality was illegal in Germany at that time. Journalist Maximillian Harden made an accusation of homosexual conduct between Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg-Hertefeld, and General Kuno, Graf von Moltke. The publicity surrounding the accusations included the emergence of the phrase Liebenberg Round Table to describe the circle of gay men that apparently surrounded the Kaiser. While the accusations may have initially been politically motivated, the fall-out saw numerous trials, resignations, arrests, accusations, and blackmail. It ended the career and influence of the moderate Eulenburg - some commentators point to this as being a contributing factor to the outbreak of World War I.
War often inspires great writing, and some of the most powerful work to emerge from World War I came from the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen - both widely recognised as gay men.
Sassoon enlisted in 1914 and served on the Western Front. While studying at Cambridge, Sassoon had had a relationship with David Cuthbert Thomas - Thomas was shot and killed in 1916. Sassoon wrote two poems in his memory - A Letter Home, and The Last Meeting.
I called him, once; then listened: nothing moved:
Only my thumping heart beat out of time.
Whispering his name, I groped from room to room.
Quite empty was that house; it could not hold
His human ghost, remembered in the love That strove in vain to be companioned still.
Sassoon met Owen in 1917, when they were both at Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland. Owen had enlisted in 1915. Owen’s celebrated work, Anthem for Doomed Youth, is a result of the time spent with Sassoon at Craiglockhart.
Owen died in action in 1918 in northern France. Sassoon survived the war, later writing:
W’s death was an unhealed wound, and the ache of it has been with me ever since. I wanted him back - not his poems.
But poems and memories are all that we have to celebrate Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Philipp Eulenburg, and the millions of other men and women who have lost their lives in war.
As Wilfred Owen wrote in 1918, in the preface of a collection of poems that he hoped to publish:
My subject is War, and the pity of War.
The Poetry is in the pity.
Yet these elegies are to this generation in no sense consolatory. They may be to the next. All a poet can do today is warn.