ACTOR & WRITER
Born into the Pertwee dynasty, Carolyn soon displayed the family talent for acting and writing. Graduating with honours from RADA, Carolyn joined The Old Vic Company on its world tour and enjoyed her first big break playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Duel of Angels. Then followed a successful stint in television appearing in many dramas including Compact, a TV soap in which she played a suicidal kleptomaniac.
A collection of short plays on the theme of love, lies and secrets. They are a mixture of comedy and tragedy tackling present day issues from internet dating to marital fidelity and family drama. Love in many guises.
Dates: 15-17 October, 2021
Venue: OSO Arts Centre, 49 Station Street, London SW13 0LF
Directed by Maurice Thorogood
Produced by Julia Haythorn
Sound/Lighting: Terry Perkins
Writer and actress
Putting her acting career on hold to concentrate on family, Carolyn turned to writing with a commission from Warner Sisters for her sitcom Rosie and Dud.
Her first play For the Love of Art a one act comedy went on for a week in a season of new writing at the Battersea Arts Centre.
A Very Private Matter – her first full length play – was selected for the Wandsworth Arts Festival and was also performed at the BAC. Her other prize winning short plays were performed at the Soho Theatre, Bullion Room Hackney Empire, New End Theatre Hampstead, the OSO Barnes and Charing Cross Theatre.
BBC Radio Four commissioned Carolyn to write The Beautiful Couple for their afternoon play slot, starring Julia McKenzie and Ronald Pickup, Claudie Blakley and A J Chhabra. Reviews in the national press were glowing.
Following a period of ill health Carolyn returned to writing, and in 2007 her quartet of plays, Sexologically Speaking, was a sell out at the OSO Arts Centre. Between Friends, a tense drama written with Rosalind Adler, followed with equal success. Carolyn wrote the book for the musical revue, A Bowl of Cherries, performed at the Charing Cross Theatre in March 2012, starring Gary Wilmot. Feeling the Fear was Carolyn’s first published collection of short stories.
Between Friends, based on her original idea, and written with Rosalind Adler, had had a sell out week at the OSO Barnes, starring Catherine Shipton. It then had a rehearsed play reading at the Jermyn Street Theatre with Carol Royle, Oliver Cotton and Catherine Shipton. Both these productions were directed by Anthony Biggs.
Feeling the Fear
And other intriguing tales
Feeling the Fear is Carolyn’s first published collection of short stories of love, betrayal, death, family turmoil, sexual misdemeanours, friendship, sadness, pathos and even murder – a twist and a turn are never far away. It was selected to feature in Lovereading’s short story promotion.
A Bowl of Cherries
A Bowl Of Cherries’ humorous, sexy, and thought-provoking book is written by Carolyn with music from Ivor Novello Award-winning, David Martin; songwriter of Can’t Smile Without You. It starred Gary Wilmot and Clare Buckfield.
“Funny, touching, beautifully observed, with a brilliant twist at the end of every scene… a constantly surprising roller coaster.”
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. These pithy and well-observed tales amused, intrigued and in the end, moved me. A good holiday read which can be revisited.
Feeling the Fear
Feeling the Fear is as wonderful as
any Roald Dahl short story book. I enjoyed it immensely.
Feeling the Fear