Next Club Nights:
Club night. Lighting Design in the theatre led by Thomas Hall
Club night. Pitching and voting for Sept/ Dec slots
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.
In July 2014, Jacquie Penrose will direct Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.
Auditions for this proposed all female production will be held at The Spring on Sunday 9th March 2:00 pm, and on Tuesday 11th March 7:30 pm. Full audition details to be found at Measure for Measure.
Three plays have been chosen from Supernova for the All England Theatre Festival to be held at Hangar Farm Arts Centre in Totton. These are '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). More details to follow.
Thanks to Sharon Morris for her Desert Island Scripts in the early February club night, and to the Artistic Panel for the more recent club night on 'hotel' plays. A great turnout!
Play selection for the September and December slots 2014 will take place on Thursday 20th March. Please go to play selection in the members section for details.
Congratulations to the directors of the next plays chosen. In April 2014 we will have London Suite, written by Neil Simon, and to be directed by Robin Hall and Paul Millington.
Auditions have taken place, and the cast 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 2013 were announced in November, with the Bench once again well represented in three categories. From these, the final shortlist was made. Wonderful news for Iron in the Best Amateur Production category, Sally (Iron)in the Best Amateur Actress category, and Sam (Look Back in Anger) in the Best Amateur Actor category.
Congratulations to all the following for being nominated:
Best Amateur Production
'Iron' and 'Absent Friends'
Best Amateur Actor
Mark Wakeman in Absent Friends, Tim Taylor in Ladies' Day, Sam Treharne in Look Back in Anger
Best Amateur Actress
Sally Hartley in Iron, Robin Hall in Look Back in Anger
The Southampton Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2013. Bench Theatre received FIVE very worthy nominations! In summary they were:
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama:
Sam Treharne, Cliff in Look Back in Anger. Bench Theatre. A wonderfully subtle performance.
Best Actress in a Drama:
Sally Hartley, Fay in Iron. Bench Theatre. A searing, cold eyed performance as the incarcerated Fay.
Robin Hall, Alison Porter in Look Back in Anger. Bench Theatre. Brilliantly developed performance leading to the climactic moment.
Aladdin. Bench Theatre. Originally scripted pantomime was practically perfect.
Fantastic result on 'Aladdin' winning Best Pantomime. Congratulations to all the Bench members involved!
Alan Ward, Look Back in Anger. Bench Theatre. Gets a great result from a largely inexperienced cast and shows a subtle, fresh understanding of this classic drama.