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Monastic Afternoon at Tyburn Convent

This was a lovely occasion from which all those who attended benefited. The following are reflections from one CaAPA member:

“Overall I enjoyed the retreat. I was very interested to see the convent and enjoyed the sister’s informative talk. Really liked Fr Vlad’s sermon during Mass too. I did like the concept of reading during lunch as it was good to have a taste of monastic/convent life where silent meals with readings are commonplace. I would say that people need to be reassured that it is ok to carry on as normal – there were many of us gingerly unwrapping their sandwiches. As someone who read myself I would have no problem with people coming and going or rustling. Vespers with the nuns…another story!!”

Sir Alec Guinness Award – Students’ Evening

The next Annual Students Evening takes place at the CAA, Bedford Street, Covent Garden on 4 March commencing at 7.30 p.m.   FINAL year students at ACCREDITED Drama Schools will be able to obtain all details from their Head of Drama , together with details  about the Sir Alec Guinness Award which is an integral part of the Students Evening.  Final Year Drama Students only from an an accredited Drama School are invited to apply.  This does NOT apply to Postgraduate students.    For details about both the Students Evening AND the Sir Alec Guinness Award please see your Head of Drama who has been sent posters to display on your Notice Board about both of the above.

CaAPA Drama Competition

CaAPA, in partnership with Association of Christian Writers ( will be holding a playwriting competition. The theme will be “Saints and Sinners”. The plays/exerts from plays of the six finalists in this competition will take place at the CAA, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2 (opposite St Paul’s Church) commencing at 7.30 p.m. on 20 November when the name of the winner will be announced at the end of the performances.

CaAPA members, family, friends and members of the public are very welcome. Admission is free.  Please do come along and support the playwrights, the performers and the organisers. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

CaAPA’s Annual Mass

Our Annual Mass will be held at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden WC2 on Thursday, 16 October commencing at 6.30 p.m. This is a Mass to celebrate the centenary of the birth of our late Vice President and well known and respected actor, Sir Alec Guinness, and to remember those members we have sadly lost over the years including Michael Williams, Ian Bannen, Eamonn Andrews, Moira Lister,Frank Carson.Kitty Fitzgerald and many more. All are very welcome to attend.

Two Halves of Guinness

Actor, Trevor Littledale, will be performing his play about the life of Sir Alec Guinness entitled Two Halves of Guinness at the CAA, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2 on Thursday, 16 October commencing at 8 p.m. This has recently been on tour and received rave reviews. Admission is free but there will be a collection in support of the Sir Alec Guinness bursary. Non-CaAPA members are welcome.

The Feast of Corpus Christi

Mass at The Church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane.

The Church of Corpus Christi in Maiden Lane has been the “home” of the former Catholic Stage Guild, now the Catholic Association of Performing Arts, for many years and it is also where we have celebrated Mass on many occasions, i.e. the Annual Mass, First Friday Masses, Memorial Masses for past members such as Sir Alec Guinness, Michael Williams, Derek Guyler, to name but a few.


Concert by Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy Students

Concert Artistes’ Association (CAA)

Organized by CaAPA member  and Master of Ceremonies, Michael Slater:

“This concert will support the Cardinal Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy Students who are going to the 25th Anniversary for Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in July. The students will be working at St Frai Hospital in Lourdes”.


Rehearsed Reading – The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

We commemorated Holocaust Day by giving a rehearsed reading from the play The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. CaAPA member Martha van der Bly played Anne Frank and was supported by other CaAPA members.

Talk by actor Trevor Littledale

Trevor Littledale is currently on tour in “Two Halves of Guinness” which reflects on the life of our late Vice President, Sir Alec GuinnessTrevor shared his reflections on playing the role of and the life of Sir Alec.  His talk was very interesting, revealing and entertaining.