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We are delighted to share the news that one of our alumni, Bridget Christie, has a new one-woman show running in London’s West End, called A Book For Her.

Bridget grew up in Gloucestershire, the youngest of nine children, and studied at ALRA before going on to win the prestigious Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for her stand-up show in 2013, A Bic For Her. Whilst trying to establish herself as a performer, Bridget took office jobs to pay the rent and put food in her mouth, this included a stint on the Daily Mail diary, which she later used as material for another successful show, My Daily Mail Hell. However, despite the show’s title, she is affectionately remembered by staff she worked with and has even said herself that she fondly recalls her days spent there.

A political comedian, Bridget has experienced more than her fair share of misogyny but she has never let it dull her sharp rapport with the audience and no-one is safe from her humour. Audiences love it! So much so that, apart from the Foster’s Award, she has won quite a few others including a Marie Claire Woman at the Top Award and one of Red magazine’s Woman of the Year awards.

Bridget is married to fellow comic Stewart Lee and lives with him and their two children in Newington Green.

Showing pride in our alumni

On stage

Luke Adamson, ALRA alumnus, has written a wonderful new play which has been produced by Black Coffee Theatre. The play is called One Last Waltz and is a powerful, poignant play about Alice, who is becoming more and more forgetful. A trip to Blackpool finds her getting lost even further in her past. It is at once funny and moving and deals beautifully with the serious subject of Alzheimers.

Angela Bull, another former ALRA alumni, has gone on to the production side of the business with Epsilon Productions, a company who are passionate at finding new, exciting pieces of theatre to produce – writing that may not otherwise get an airing, raw and full of emotion. Their latest production is called The State vs John Hayes, a gripping, psychological thriller set in 1950’s Texas.


Brian the Robot, the adorable front to the confused.com adverts, has a very distinctive voice – and that voice belongs to one of our illustrious 2010 alumni: Jannik Archer. Not only that, but he landed the role of Caliban in the Courtyard Theatre’s production of The Tempest, directed by another ALRA alumni, Alice Sillett.

Award winners

Raj Bajaj and Kirsty McDuff are two of our alumni who have been proud recipients of the Sir Alec Guinness Award and received their bursaries at ceremonies organised by the hosts the Catholic Association of Performing Arts. Both have gone on to have illustrious careers on stage, television and film.

Other graduates who have been in the news recently are Stephanie Winiecki, who is appearing in the glossy, big screen version of BBC’s Spooks, called Spooks: The Greater Good. Chris Ashby has been seen on television regularly, appearing in Doc Martin, Holby City, Skins and New Tricks. And, of course, Jimmy Akingbola continues to go from strength to strength and is currently appearing on the highly successful American television series: Berlanti’s ARROW, based on the DC Comics superheroes. Jimmy has the recurring role of villain Baron Reiter – and what a fabulous villain he makes!

Alumni Class of ’88 Reunion – “The Black Tie Event”

ALRA’s next alumni event is taking place at Le Gothique on Saturday 12th December for grads of ’88. Tickets are open to all ALRA teachers, post grads, stage managers, office staff and friends (former grads) above and below who were at ALRA during the grad years 1988 – 1991. We are so proud of all our graduates and we look forward to seeing you and catching up with all your news.