The Bard of Henley Company
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News!
New book on sale NOW!

My first professionally published book entitled

Churchill's Boomers 

is now on sale!




Ray Evans  
I have either performed in, directed or produced, over one hundred shows with Highfield Players, Hall Green Little Theatre, The Loft Theatre, Leamington and, for the last twenty one years, Henley in Arden Drama Society.

I have written a number of plays, all of which have been successfully performed on the amateur stage and for the most part , were received well. I continue to submit my plays for publication and feel quite sure one will be accepted and hopefully produced on the professional stage before I turn my toes up!











 
 

BOOKS
HENLEY IN ARDEN -
A SPLODGE IN THE ARDEN FOREST!

Local history written and illustrated in a very amusing style from the Norman Conquest through to BREXIT! 

Illustrated throughout by Colin Fisher and a special insert by John Hilton.

Available from Dukes Stationers, High Street, Henley in Arden .

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NEW RELEASE!

Extract from Henley News - May 2017:-
  
Local amateur playwright and author Ray Evans is proud to announce the publication of his first professional work entitled “CHURCHILL’S BOOMERS” which will be available from all good bookshops and the on-line shop at the Book Guild from the 28th of September this year. The piece is a rather tongue in cheek account from a nine year old Ray about life in Birmingham just after WW2 during 1952. This is bound to be of interest to those amongst us who were born during the nineteen-forties as it amusingly remembers the abject fun gained so innocently from such pursuits as ABC Minors, building dens, conkering and collecting your weekly allowance of sweets using mum’s ration book! It contains an amusing personal retrospective by Ray on his initiation in to the National Health Service Act and the revolutionary Education Act raising the leaving age to fifteen. It may also gain the interest of the younger reader as it is crammed with the most delightful illustrations by Colin Fisher our local artist, depicting milestone childhood moments in Selly Oak.
 
AVAILABLE
NOW!
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COMING SOON!

A new controversial play, which due to a recent and unexpected  event, is now highly topical. A dark but humourous mystery  leaving the audience bamboozled until the very end. 

The premier for this exciting new production will be at the annual ARTS4ALL festival  by kind  arrangement with Henley Guild Hall Trust, to take place from the 23rd to 29th of April 2018. Look out for publicity in local press andon this website.














LATER
THIS
YEAR!

Ray is putting the finishing touches to his latest book entitled Shakespeare - The Hathaway Perspective, based on his successful stageplay premiered in Henley in 2016. 

This promises to be another controversial piece of work set to challenge the scholars whilst making the life and times of the man more accessible without tiresome dates and names to remember.

​Watch out for more news.

  

























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Though the narrative refers to the 'bommers' [Bomb site] in humourous terms, the reality is that the destruction by German bombs of several houses in Grove Avenue, resulted in the death and serious injury of a number of our neighbours and so the book is dedicated to their memory.   This personal tradegy of war inspired me to write the book in order to record the slow recovery back to normailty I was witness to in the fifties  for the new generations to ponder about. 

Ray Evans 2017
MIKE PRINCE INTERVIEWS RAY ON BIRMINGHAM NEWS!































Mike Prince of Made in Birmingham TV invited Ray to come along to their studios in Birmingham  to chat about the publication of his new book, Churchill's Boomers.  Mike revealed that he too had fond memories of his childhood in Brum  and the conversation led to some amusing anicdotes from both. You can view the  programme by visiting www.madeinbirmingham.tv/catchup . 

Churchill's Boomers
​Interview


BOOK SIGNING 

Ray attended a book signing at the wonderful new Selly Oak Library at the Pears Centre on Thursday 2nd November where amongst an audience of over 40 people he spoke about his inspiration and reasons for writing the book.

It was an opportunity to meet and greet many of Ray's old pals and neighbours from the area, some of which had not met for over sixty years!

It was a happy day and Ray sends out his sincere thanks to all that took the trouble to come along!

Look out for the new book Shakespeare - The Hathaway Perspective, further news on this site soon.

CHRISTMAS BOOK SIGNING!

Guild Hall Henley in Arden Saturday 2nd December next!

Shakespeare -
The Hathaway
Perspective

​Ray Evans

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