Next Club Nights:
Bench clubnight. Supernova previews!
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.
Two plays have now been selected for July and September 2016. Congratulations to Andrew Caple who will be directing Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn, followed by Jacquie Penrose directing Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett.
An exciting evening discovering the plays for Supernova was held on December 3rd. Details will be found at 'Supernova 7' as soon as possible.
A gentle reminder that subscriptions have now increased, the first time in several years, and therefore we ask members to adjust their standing orders.
In November the Bench performed Boston Marriage written by David Mamet. congratulations to cast and crew for their superb efforts.
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!
An inventory of props and costumes held in the props cupboard as well as by various members is now available to look at. Please go to the members section under Storage Guidelines to find the list to download.
The News Guide Awards 2016 now renamed Wow 24/7 were announced in November, with the Bench once again well represented in three categories. From these, the final shortlist will be made, with the help of your votes.
Congratulations to all the following for being nominated:
Best Amateur Production
Love and Information
Best Amateur Actor
David Penrose in Love and Information
Best Amateur Actress
Sally Hartley in Breaking the Code
Jessie Wilson in Boston Marriage
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.