Next Club Nights:
From Page to Stage. In preparation for SuperNova, this Club Night is dedicated to hints and tips to extracting a play from a script in an evening of practical exercises and discussion. For both new and experienced directors and those who like a bit of acting.
SuperNova announcements. The SuperNova Reading Panel finishes their deliberations by 30th November so, in this Club Night, we will get to hear what plays have made the cut. (If you want to be in SuperNova please let Thomas know what you want to do (acting, directing, backstage) by emailing to Thomas at Supernova@benchtheatre.org.uk by 24th November).
Play Selection July/Sept 2016. In this Club Night we will be selecting the Bench Productions for July (2 week slot) and September (1 week slot). All are invited to listen to the play pitches but only full members can vote.
Bench Theatre Quiz 2016. To ease us into the New Year, our Resident Quiz Master will again be testing us on a variety of topics to re-invigorate our little grey cells.
We welcome old and new members to our club nights. If you are interested in joining the company please do come along to The Spring Arts Centre and be part of our club evening.
Discussions took place at the recent club night re format for future evenings. The artistic panel had several ideas, as did members, and we look forward to some exciting events in the future!
There was a good turnout by members at the recent AGM. All the members of the committee were willing to stand again, and were therefore unanimously re-elected. Maurice, Beth, Claire and Sandy stood down from the Artistic Panel. They were thanked for their valuable contributions, with Mark, Andrew, Lorraine and Megan agreeing to join the Panel.
A gentle reminder that subscriptions have now increased, the first time in several years, and therefore we ask members to adjust their standing orders.
The closing date for Supernova Scripts has passed, and now a reading group will embark on the task of choosing the successful plays. Details about Supernova can be found at 'Supernova 7'
In September 2015 we had 'Breaking The Code' written by Hugh Whitemore. Congratulations to Alan Ward for putting forward this play, which was enthusiastically received by all who saw it. Special mention must be made of Jonathan Abbott, who produced a stunning performance in his first role with the Bench. Much interest has been generated in Alan Turing recently, but this play goes a step further in not only his involvement in cracking the code at Bletchley Park but also his controversial private life.
Details of the cast and the play can be found at 'Breaking The Code'.
Congratulations to Mark Wakeman for directing 'Ladies Down Under' written by Amanda Whittington which proved a real success for all concerned. Audience reaction was wonderful, with the cast and crew putting on a superb show!
Details of the cast for Boston Marriage can be found at Boston Marriage written by David Mamet, which is our next production in November.
All England Theatre Festival March 2015
Three plays were chosen from Supernova 6 for the All England Theatre Festival held at Hangar Farm Arts Centre in Totton. These were 'Jitters' by Mark Wakeman, 'Triptych' by Edward Preece and 'Choices' by Mark Wakeman.
Firstly, a fantastic result for 'Choices'! It won The Cullen Cup as Runner-Up, Jessi Wilson won the Chairman's Cup as Best Director and Dan Finch won the TDF Cup for Best Adult Actor. For 'Jitters' Mark Wakeman won The Herald Cup for Best Original Script and Chris Vanstone won The Harding Shield (The Adjudicator's Award) for his superb performance in Jitters, but particularly his slow head turn in one section!!
All actors and directors from the three Bench plays were shortlisted. Wonderful!
Both Jitters and Choices then went onto the next round in Shaftesbury. Both plays were again highly commended, with Chris Vanstone winning the best actor. Unfortunately, with only one play getting selected for the next round, neither Jitters or Choices will proceed.
Have you purchased a Rugby style shirt or one of the new polo shirts with the bench logo? Contact Jacquie Penrose for a smart new look!
Members are gently reminded that membership cards must be offered at The Spring box office when claiming free member ticket(s). These tickets are for the named member only & are not transferable to family and/or friends.
The News Guide Awards 2015 were announced in November, with the Bench once again well represented in three categories. From these, the final shortlist has been made.
Congratulations to all the following for being nominated:
Best Amateur Production
Best Amateur Actor
David Penrose in Dealer's Choice
Best Amateur Actress
Kirsty Terry in Little Women