Next Club Nights:
Club night. Social chit chat and games!
Club night. Derek Callam's Quiz!
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
Many thanks to the Artistic Panel for scratch pantos. Who knows, this could be what we are looking for next year!
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.
Audition details can be found at London Suite.
In July 2014, Jacquie Penrose will direct Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare.
New plays? Super! Supernova 6 will be held in February 2014. Nine plays have now been selected, with directors and actors chosen. Details of the plays can be found on Supernova 6
Little Women was wonderful! Congratulations to the cast, crew and director for making this a memorable show. Details on the Little Women play pages.
Our first play after the summer break was Look Back in Anger. Excellent audience numbers, with much discussion on the characters! Congratulations to the cast and production team for bringing this classic play, that helped change the face of British drama, to The Spring.
Our AGM was held on the 5th September. All the officers on the committee were re-elected. Other additions to the committee and artistic panel are in the members pages. One of the discusssions was about ticket prices, but at this stage it was felt that these would be held at the current level to encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy our plays. Thank you to all members who attended.
Have you purchased a Rugby style shirt with the bench logo yet? Contact Jacquie Penrose for a smart new look!
There were three plays entered for Totton this year. Great success again, especially for Mark Wakeman, David Penrose and Alice Corrigan! See details below. Thanks to all Bench members who supported!
Mountain Language by Harold Pinter on Wednesday 20th March.
Terry Smyth was nominated for Best Actor
Shadow of the Glen by JM Synge on Friday 22nd March.
Congratulations to David Penrose for winning Best Supporting Actor
Pub Quiz of the Sexes by Mark Wakeman on Saturday 23rd March
This play was overall runner-up and received the Cullen Cup. Mark Wakeman won the Herald Cup for Best Original Script, and Alice Corrigan won Best Adult Actress. Both Mark Wakeman and Dan Finch were nominated respectively for best director and best adult male actor.
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 has been 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 awards ceremony will take place on Monday 20th January 2014 at The Kings Theatre. Put the date in your diary!
The Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2012 Nominations. Congratulations to Cymbeline for the first Bench nomination: David Penrose as Lachimo, best supporting actor in a Shakespeare play. Then to Pete Woodward as best director of a comedy for Life x 3