Next Club Nights:
Bench clubnight.This is a little different! No meeting, but members encouraged to buy tickets to see Bard Heads in the theatre. See The Spring brochure for details.
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. Please note the new start time of 7:45pm!
At the latest clubnight, "Anne of Green Gables" was selected for the November slot. To be directed by Mark Wakeman, this play has been adapted by Emma Reeves. Emma also adapted "Little Women", a play we put on in 2013 and which proved to be very popular.
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
in July. Auditions have been held, so please go to Woman in Mind for the cast list.
Jacquie Penrose will be directing Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett in September.
A gentle reminder that subscriptions have now increased, the first time in several years, and therefore we ask members to adjust their standing orders.
All England Theatre Festival April 2016
Three plays have been chosen for the All England Theatre Festival held at Hangar Farm Arts Centre in Totton. Unfortunately, one has been withdrawn so the order is now: Healing with words by John Hill to be performed on Monday 11th April. What you Are by Samantha Lierens to be performed on Friday 15th April.
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'.
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
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.