Next Club Nights:
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.
There was an excellent turnout by members to discuss the future direction of the Bench. Many ideas were aired, and we can look forward to an exciting future at The Spring Arts Centre.
In the November clubnight two plays were selected. Congratulations to Mark Wakeman for 'Ladies Down Under' written by Amanda Whittington. This will be performed in a two week slot in July 2015, and as a one off, the original cast of Ladies Day' will play the same characters! If you saw this play, we are sure you will be dying to know what happens when they spend their winnings on the 'holiday of a lifetime'!
The second play selected for a two week slot in September 2015 is Breaking The Code' written by Hugh Whitemore. Congratulations to Alan Ward for putting forward this play. 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.
At the clubnight three one act plays were also selected to go to Totton in March 2015. 'Jitters' will be performed on Wednesday 25th March, 'Triptych' on Thursday 26th March and 'Choices' on Friday 27th March. Award winners will be announced on Saturday 28th March after the final plays have been performed. We are sure there will be another good turnout by Bench supporters!
Congratulations to Jacquie Penrose and her cast for 'Love and Information' by Caryl Churchill. As one reviewer wrote, 'This cannot have been an easy play to put on but the 16 amateur actors who appeared in the 100 different roles never once faltered in their performances.'
Auditions have been held for NSFW. The cast can be found at 'NSFW (Not Safe for Work)' by Lucy Kirkwood
Sleeping Beauty News!
A wonderful production that entertained everyone from age 5 to 95! Let us hope the cast and crew have a restful Christmas! Details can be found on Sleeping Beauty.
All England Theatre Festival March 2014
Three plays were chosen from Supernova for the All England Theatre Festival held at Hangar Farm Arts Centre in Totton. These were 'The Challenge' by Chris Vanstone (Thursday 27th March), 'Grotto' by Mark Wakeman (Friday 28th March) and 'Sense and Sensibleness' by Pete Barrett (Wednesday 26th March).
Firstly, a fantastic result for 'Grotto', winning the coveted Archie Gay Trophy for Overall Winner! This play, written by Mark Wakeman, was the winner of the Herald Cup for Best Original Script. Also, a strong performance by Kirsty Terry resulted in her winning the TDF Cup for best adult actress, and Claire Lyne won the Chairman's Cup for Best Director.
This play then went onto Teignmouth for the semi final. Claire and her cast and crew did a fantastic job and although they did not win to get through to the final, performed exceptionally well. Many thanks to all the club members who travelled to Teignmouth to support this production.
Congratulations to all three productions at Totton for getting commended by the adjudicator. Results for The Bench successes are below:
Best Overall Production:
Winner: 'Grotto' by Bench Theatre
Winner: Claire Lyne for 'Grotto'
Winner: Kirsty Terry for 'Grotto'
Commended: Jessi Wilson for 'Sense and Sensibleness'
Best Original Script:
Winner: Mark Wakeman for 'Grotto'
Commended: Chris Vanstone for 'The Challenge'
Commended: Simon Walton for 'The Challenge'
Commended: Dan Finch for 'Grotto'
Best Supporting Player:
Commended: Dan Finch for 'Sense and Sensibleness'
Commended: Liz Brown for 'Grotto'
In April 2014 we had London Suite, written by Neil Simon, and directed by Robin Hall and Paul Millington. Photographs and a review can be found at London Suite
New plays? Super! Supernova 6 was held in February 2014. A very successful week was enjoyed by good audiences. Congratulations to all involved! Details of the plays can be found on Supernova 6.
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