Friends of Age Exchange events

Book Sales

Our Book Sale will return on Saturday 11 June.

We have a very large collection of books for sale including fiction, children’s, history, gardening, art, classics, biography and much, much more. We also have classical CDs for £1 each. Hope you can join us.

Note that the café will remain open from 10am-3pm.

Our popular second-hand Book Shop which opened 9 years ago continues to offer an excellent range of titles at superb prices. Please come along to the Bakehouse on Saturday 5 February to browse and take home a pile of bargains.

Very many thanks to all the Friends and volunteers who continue to work tirelessly in organising the Book Sales and to all those who have bought or donated books. Since it opened the Book Shop has raised over £54,000, an amazing amount!

As always, the stock is constantly refreshed and, should you have any books that you wish to donate, Gillian Gadsby is always glad to have them. You can bring them to the Library or the Information Desk at The Exchange or contact Gillian on 0208 852 4032 if you need them to be collected.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon

7.45pm Monday 6 June at Bromley Little Theatre
Tickets £16

If you think you have troubles in your life you will surely sympathise with Mel, the hapless hero of The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue one of Neil Simon's most moving plays. The script is officially classed as a "dark comedy". Comedy? That word is the big mystery about this play.

Only the genius of the late Neil Simon could have created what one critic described as "an everyday purgatory of hopelessness from which laughter seems to be released from the city's manholes."

That city is New York in the early 1970s. There is no disguising the fact that the plot is bleak. Mel, a 47-year-old executive is facing redundancy, certain that at his age, in a recession, he will never work again. The play was written at a time when New York was facing the world's worst crime wave: the very streets are dangerous. The airless summer heat is stifling and wouldn't you know Mel's air conditioning is kaput and his noisy neighbours are driving him crazy. Every tiny hopeful scrap of good news is followed only too quickly by bad news.

Neil Simon wrote over 30 plays many of which were made into successful films. All won prestigious awards. As a writer he was known to have what one eminent American critic described as having "a heightened awareness of what is funny in people even at their worst."

There is a general agreement among American critics that the best example of that is "The Prisoner of Second Avenue". If you want proof of the play's success and popularity: it was his 8th play and it ran for 798 performances on Broadway.

Neil Simon himself, as astute as ever, summed it up as "It's a serious play that is very funny."

We are buying as many tickets as are applied for. Please send your order for tickets to aefriends.theatre@gmail.com ASAP.

Bromley Little Theatre is next to the Railway Tavern on the other side of Tweedy Road from Bromley North railway station. Can be reached by 261 bus from Lee Green crossroads (get off at Bromley North stop). Car lifts are available from Blackheath, just let us know if you need a lift when you order a ticket.

Tickets can be picked up from Charles outside the theatre from 7.15pm.

You must be a Friend of Age Exchange to take advantage of this offer


Concerts from Trinity Laban

Bakehouse Theatre
Friday 27 May
12-1pm

As Covid restrictions are now easing we are pleased to welcome back Trinity Laban students who will be performing in the Bakehouse on the last Friday of each month during term time. Their talent continues to amaze and uplift so please come along to enjoy their varied repertoire.

The May concert will feature two piano trios

Millbank Piano Trio

Ashley Solano Hernandez - Piano
Arthur Chan - Cello
William Rolt - Violin

Piano trio led by Jingwen Ma

Jingwen Ma - Violin
Xinger Huang - Piano
Enju Liu - Cello

Programme

These concerts are free to Friends of Age Exchange or £5