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Resident Organisation of the Month: TV Edwards

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Our featured resident organisation this month is TV Edwards, a law firm dedicated to serving the community and providing excellent legal services to those who need it most.

TV Edwards, LLP was founded in 1929 by a man called Thomas Victor Edwards. Now run by his nephew, Anthony Edwards, TV Edwards has cultivated a national reputation for delivering first-class legal services, innovative IT development, and a strong dedication to the communities it serves.  TV Edwards has recently moved offices to join us here at the Albany, hoping to expand and enhance the delivery of holistic community-based legal advice on the doorstep of Deptford.

We recently spoke with Senior Partner, Anthony Edwards, about TV Edwards’ work and his motivation to serve the community.

What inspired you to go into law?

My first encounter with TV Edwards was when I was 5 years old and came to the office on Saturdays mornings, then located at Aldgate. I used to stamp the forms and then go on to watch football with my father. I came regularly to the office and before I went to university I spent nine months carrying my uncle’s bag around the East End as he went to courts and to see clients. My father was also in the office and with him I got to know the dockers for whom he worked. I became very fond of the East End and its remarkable and changing community.

At university I had a head start over my classmates, even including the first year lecturers as I had experienced the law in reality. When I graduated my father asked if I realised that I did not have to come in to the family firm. I thought he was mad- what else could I possibly want to do? I loved the law and the community of the East End.

In the 70’s we began to talk in terms of objectives and identified that as a firm we were there to meet all the needs of the local community, we were not alone, all over London small firms like JB Wheatley in Deptford (which we later merged with) were doing very much the same.

What case or element of TV Edwards’ work has been most rewarding?

I am often asked about my most interesting case. I find it very difficult to respond. In truth I like acting in hundreds of what may seem like small cases but make all the difference to an individual’s life. Many of the results do, from time to time, reduce me to tears- the High Court judge returning to a mother her child that had been “bought” before birth by a rich lawyer or the defendant treated with great unfairness by the police.

How does TV Edwards work towards the goal of giving back/serving the community?

Although my passion lies within criminal law, we have brought in keen and able lawyers who can provide all the services and skills we needed to a high standard. The recent series of mergers (with other firms) has been in anticipation of changes in contractual arrangements with the government through the reduced Legal Aid schemes. We will continue to help families with difficulties and a range of social welfare issues and the mentally ill. In every case there is a team of specialist lawyers who lead in their field. We spend a lot of time training new generations of lawyers.

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 Megan Bommarito, Marketing Intern, The Albany

 

 

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Albany

What makes a theatre special? More specifically, what makes the Albany theatre unique from all the others? We sat down with our Technical Manager, Ben Wallace, to find out. He helped devise a list of all the technical things that make us different, and arguably more interesting than other London theatres and arts centres.

Alexander Wolfe, Live at the Albany

Alexander Wolfe Live at the Albany

1) First off, the shape of our theatre.

Our main theatre is not your average rectangular theatre. It is a 16-sided polygon called a ‘hexadecagon.’ It is more often referred to as a theatre-in-the-round though. All of the theatre spaces and some of the rooms for hire at the Albany are irregular in shape, including our Red Room, Studio and Cafe.

2) Our main theatre has a hugely versatile lighting rig.

With 144 channels of dimming, there are a lot of options for creating the perfect lighting for any show or event taking place in our main theatre.

3) Enormously flexible seating.

Our main theatre has an extremely flexible capacity. It holds up to 550 people standing, 290 people in rows and 200 in cabaret style. There are two levels of seating and the chairs are free-moving and therefore can accommodate any arrangement needed; perfect again for most any type of performance.

The same can also be said of our Red Room and Studio – there is absolutely no fixed seating anywhere at the Albany.

4) The grid, where all the technical magic happens, is located straight above the entire theatre space.

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Circus Bites Back in the theatre

This again offers flexibility and creative freedom for productions to arrange sets in whatever manner needed or desired.

5) Our main theatre can record 48 channels of audio from the stage.

In laymen’s terms, this means we can record music quite well. Speaking of which, English singer-songwriter Alexander Wolfe‘s Skeletons was recorded live here, have a listen:

 

Alexander Wolfe recording live

Alexander Wolfe recording live

6) As an added bonus, our theatre bar is actually located inside the theatre on the second level.

Having the bar so close is rather convenient for our audiences who then don’t have to cram themselves down corridors to grab a drink or snack during intervals, however it can be a slight hindrance during performances when bar staff cannot clean up. Oh well… you win some, you lose some.

The current Albany building was rebuilt in 1981 following a fire, making it a 33-year-old Deptford fixture that really takes the local community to heart. All of these unique technical bits allow us to put on a varied and diverse mix of programming for our neighbouring audience, which means Ben and the rest of our technical team never have to do the same thing twice.

We hope you love our vastly flexible and distinctive theatre as much as we do!

Cabaret performance in the cafe.

Cabaret performance in the cafe

For more information on room hires and performance hire, please visit our website.

Allison Gold, Marketing Assistant, The Albany

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Follow Granny Dumpling down Deptford High Street…

Actress Sui-see Hung transforms into Granny Dumpling, taking us on an interactive culinary adventure through the shops of the high street, fetching ingredients along the way to prepare her signature dish! Yellow Earth Theatre‘s Granny Dumpling- Ba Banh It will be performed this Saturday only at 11.30am,  1.30pm  & 3.30pm.

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Written and directed by local writer Thanh Le Dang, Granny Dumpling follows the best dumpling maker in all of Deptford as she reveals her Vietnamese culinary secrets on a unique trip down Deptford High Street.

Thanh Le Dang grew up in the Vietnamese Chinese community in Deptford and Granny Dumpling explores the idea of ‘home’. It’s about a lost old lady trying to establish a home for herself. With little social benefits, she makes a humble living doing what she knows; making dumplings to sell to the local community network in a street corner and to the local supermarket ‘Lai- Loi’ (this unofficial economy actually exists). The journey is about an old lady trying to find her way home without her only daughter as she talks to her ‘little dumplings’.

This marks the second collaboration between Thanh and actress Sui-see Hung; they worked together previously on a piece called Theef that was developed for Yellow Earth’s new writing showcase Dim Sum Nights, and was voted audience favourite the night it was performed.

Find out more about Granny Dumpling- Ba Banh It and book tickets here. Ticket price includes food at Deli X.

Check out more production images (by photographer Lee Dang) below:

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Deanna Rodger’s ‘London Matter’ Is About to Hatch!

This Friday, celebrated spoken word artist and Chill Pill co-founder Deanna Rodger returns to the Albany as part of Hatched, our programme for supporting artists’ development. She will be presenting her first ever full-length theatre piece ‘London Matter’ this Friday, 7 March at 7pm, which explores the relationship between love and darkness, and ultimately aims to answer the question “why aren’t London’s lights ever switched off?”.

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Leading up to the one-night show, we sat down to ask her some questions of our own:

What was your first experience with spoken word?

Attending a workshop at Lyric Hammersmith in January 2007 and seeing Dean Atta and Joseph Coelho perform.

What inspired you to pose the question about London’s lights never switching off?

I was walking around at night a lot in summer 2012, going out and trying to shake myself from myself and I couldn’t. I couldn’t escape seeing myself. I wanted everything to switch off so that I could disappear. I wanted to become part of the universe. It got me thinking about how we connect with other people and how we trust.  I had called quits on a relationship, it was an emotional time.

What do you hope the audience will take out from this performance?

I hope that the story is clear.. There’s loads that I’ve put into this and this sharing will really be about the narrative. And really cool lighting, thanks to Ben! [Ben Wallace, our Technical Manager]

When you are conceiving a new piece, is there a method to your writing?

Madness! And acceptance of all the rubbish that comes with writing every little thing in my head.

If you could meet anyone throughout history, living or dead, who would it be? And most importantly what would you ask them?

Hmm, the first human to ever be in existence though I’m not sure that means I could ask them anything. I think I would like to ask the Queen what she thinks of homelessness in the 21st century.

Find out more about Deanna Rodger’s ‘London Matter’ and book tickets here. As tickets are now limited, you can also see Deanna in Chill Pill Big One on Thursday, 24 April at 7:30pm. 

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