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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


By Steve Cooke

I recently caught up with AATA and VIBE friend and supporter Bill Ward who told me how excited he is about his upcoming role in a new British Musical, Are You As Nervous As I Am?

If you are in London during early October and you fancy a theatre experience Off-West End, then I thoroughly recommend a visit to Greenwich Theatre to enjoy and support this brand-new production.

With book by Simon Spencer, music by Leighton James House and lyrics by Shaun McKenna, the story follows the journey of two sisters – Peggy and Janet – in their search for happiness. Fighting against their mother’s dysfunctional behaviour, they are forced apart to pursue lives away from their home in Wales.

Peggy sings, however, she is never propelled by a drive to become famous but instead to break unhealthy childhood patterns, find independence and build the loving family she always wanted. Janet struggles with her own demons, striving for the courage and support to live a truer and more honest life.

Set against the background of a century in flux, when the sisters connect, they are gradually empowered to positively transform their lives

1st - 23rd October 2022

Bill Ward is a multi-award-winning actor and photographer, born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. An actor for over 20 years, he has performed in over 30 Television shows and Films, and over 50 Plays since turning professional in 2000.

He is probably best known for his work on two of the country's leading Soaps, Coronation Street (Charlie Stubbs) and Emmerdale (James Barton), in which he appeared for over 700 episodes, and for which he won numerous awards (Inc Best Exit and Best Storyline, and nominated Best Actor, at the British Soap Awards). His leaving episode on Coronation Street in January 2007 was the third most watched TV Programme on British Television that year.

UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015, Best Seascape at Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 and a judge for UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022. He is an Ambassador for Pentax Cameras, a tour leader for Light and Land, a regular writer and contributor to the worldwide ICM Photography Magazine, and gives photography talks throughout Europe and North America.

You can follow his work on Instagram @billwardphotography, and on his website at

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