Tom McNab is a leading figure in the sporting world, having coached
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, Chelsea FC to the 1970 FA
Cup, and the English rugby team to World Cup silver in 1991. He was
Technical Director of the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire (1981), and has written several novels including the best-seller Flanagan’s Run.
In this special evening to coincide with the publication of three of his plays 1936: Berlin and other plays by Aurora Metro Books,
Tom will talk about his career and he how blends historical fact and
fiction in his plays and novels. The talk will be illustrated by
performed extracts from plays in the collection, two by students from
East 15 Acting School, and the third by a corps of professional actors.
In the second half, after a short break, Tom McNab will talk about
his extensive research into the film career of Leni Riefenstahl, with
excerpts from Olympia.
There will also be a screening of Leni, Leni (2016) a short
film adapted by Alistair Audsley from Tom’s play of the same name. Set
in 1993, filmed at Ealing Studios and shown at Cannes, the Adrian
Vitoria-directed film stars Hildegard Neil as Riefenstahl.
The evening will end with a short Q&A and the chance to buy signed copies of 1936: Berlin and other plays for £10 (RRP £12.99).
Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.