Next Club Nights:
Future Clubnights are suspended.
In the light of recent government coronavirus advice for all non-essential social gathering to cease The Spring venue has decided to close for the next few weeks. With the additional consideration of the health and well-being of cast and crew the Bench Theatre have reluctantly decided to cancel 'The Unfortunate' production which was due to run at the end of April. Of course this is greatly disappointing to all involved given the amount of effort put into the production so far. However it is hoped that the production could be rescheduled for a later date.
For anyone who has already bought tickets The Spring are offering to refund tickets for any shows within the next 12 weeks, which includes 'The Unfortunate'. The Spring are requesting people to wait until a week before the ticket date to request a refund to minimise the financial impact to them. However the Bench Theatre would prefer that, instead of a refund, you donate your ticket price to The Spring to help them through this difficult time. Details can be found on The Spring web-site.
The Bench Theatre are also considering the impact of the coronavirus crisis on upcoming club-nights, auditions and play selections. Further announcements on these will be made in due course.
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 are no club nights in August.
News about Forthcoming Plays
Our next plays are:
Our April production will be The Unfortunate, written and directed by Ben Tanner.. Auditions were held in December and the cast list can be found here.
The play selected for July is Second Person Narrative, written by Jemma Kennedy and to be directed by Jessi Wilson.
Havant Borough Council have recently launched the Havant Borough Community Lottery which supports good causes locally. Bench Theatre has been accepted as one of those good causes.
This is a small lottery with the emphasis very much on community and supporting good causes. That is where you come in! We would like to invite you, your friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues to take part, have some fun and support Bench Theatre.
Please visit Havant Borough Community Lottery website. Click on buy tickets, then on 'Support a specific cause'. Search for Bench Theatre then follow the instructions.
Bench Theatre will be very grateful for your support in this exciting new venture!
The News Guide Awards for 2018
The News Guide Awards for 2019
The Bench Theatre had the following nominations. We are thrilled to announce that Leigh Cunningham was runner up in her category. Congratulations to Leigh and all those involved in producing Deep Blue Sea.
Best Amateur Production:
Deep Blue Sea
Best Amateur Actress:
Leigh Cunningham in Deep Blue Sea
Sally Hartley in Pride and Prejudice
Best Amateur Actor:
Ben Tanner in Deep Blue Sea
David Penrose in Deep Blue Sea
Craig Parker in Pride
Totton Drama Festival 2019
This year Bench was part of what has been one of the most exciting Totton Drama Festivals in some years, which featured a
total of 15 entries from 13 different companies.
It gave us a great opportunity to revisit two of the pieces from "Supernova" in front of a new audience; these were "Risk" by Lucy Flannery and "A Dangerous Woman" by Paul King.
We were thrilled by the response to both plays, with Thomas Hall being nominated for best adult actor in "Risk".
"A Dangerous Woman" picked up 5 trophies and was nominated to go onto the Quarter Finals of the All England Theatre Festival in Sherborne on May 4th.
The results from Totton were:
Best Original Script, Herald Cup: Paul King (A Dangerous Woman)
Best Adult Actress, TDF Cup: Sarah Ash in "A Dangerous Woman"
Best Adult Actor, TDF Cup: Neil Kendall in "A Dangerous Woman"
Best Director, Chairman's Shield: Stuart Reilly (A Dangerous Woman)
Runner-Up, The Cullen Cup: A Dangerous Woman
"A Dangerous Woman" went onto win both the quarter final in Sherborne, and then the semi final in Frome!
This meant the play was performed at the English Final on Saturday 8th June at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Although unable to win the overall competition, which would have seen them going to Harrogate for the Uk Finals, the play received very positive comments.This was a superb achievement by all concerned.
A gentle reminder that subscriptions have now increased, the first time in several years, and therefore we ask members to adjust their standing orders.
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 and are not transferable to family and/or friends.