Next Club Nights:
Club Night led by Paul Millington
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 on April 2nd to select the next two plays in our season. Voting proved very tight, as all the plays appealed to members. The final decision is 'Boston Marriage' by David Mamet for November (director Mark Wakeman), and 'God of Carnage' by Yasmina Reza for April 2016 (director Pete Woodward). Congratulations to Mark and Pete, and to all who put a play forward.
A decision had already been taken that we will put on another Supernova in February 2016.
For all you budding writers, details can be found at 'Supernova 7'
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.
Auditions will be held on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th June. Members and non members are welcome to attend. Details can be found at 'Breaking The Code'.
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.'
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.
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
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