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Actors & Writers London (AWL) is London's longest-running professional
play-reading forum for actors and writers.  It was established in 1973 at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios and was known as Hammersmith Actors and Writers Group until July 2004.   

AWL meets in Hammersmith, London W6, on alternate Monday
evenings for rehearsed readings and chaired discussions of new plays.

You are welcome to attend our meetings, whether
you are a theatre professional or just interested in theatre.

What We Do


We support writers by enabling them to:

Actors and Directors

We support actors, directors and aspiring directors by enabling them to:

We work to the highest standards:


AWL is extremely informal and friendly and there is a licensed bar available.

You are welcome to attend as a non-member, in which case you will be asked to make a £6 contribution at the door towards the costs of room hire, etc.  You will be under no obligation whatsoever to become a member. 

If you prefer to become a member, annual membership is 10, except for actors and writers under 27 (subscription free) who attend regularly.  Meetings are also subject to admission charges: 6 for non-members, 4 for members and 2 for under-27s (identification required).  Every member is entitled to a personal page on the AWL website.  However, as under-27s pay no subscription charges, they must attend at least three meetings before they qualify for their AWL page.

You must become a member if you wish to submit a script for appraisal or if you wish to act or direct.

If you wish to become a member you can either pay at the door at one of our playreadings, (click here for the schedule), send a cheque or alternatively use BACs.  For further details, please contact Stephanie Connell, AWL Treasurer.

See our Membership page for full details, including links to pages of detailed guidelines for writers, actors and directors participating in AWL readings.

The guidelines are adorned by a series of wonderful, witty drawings by Max India, well worth a visit!

We have also recently reviewed our script appraisal policy. Click here for details.

Where To Go From Here

This site tells you everything else you need to know about AWL: