Next Club Nights:
No clubnight in August
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.Please note the new start time of 7:45pm!
News about Forthcoming Plays
Entries are open for our 8th Supernova festival of one act plays, which will be performed in February 2019.
Please visit the Supernova 8 page for more information, the rules and entry criteria, and to enter.
Our next plays are:
July 2018 "The Importance of being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, to be directed by Mark Wakeman
Auditions have been held and the cast can be seen at "The Importance of being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde,
At the recent play selection "Constellations" by Nick Payne, was chosen to be performed in September 2018, and "Seasons Greetings" by Alan Ayckbourn, was chosen to be performed in November 2018.
At the play selection held in July, the play selected for the April slot 2019 was "A Bunch of Amateurs", written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Congratulations to Tasmin Halford, who will direct this.
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 2017
The Bench Theatre had the following nominations, and after votes by the public the acknowledged nominations were shortlisted.
The Guide Awards took place on Monday 29th January 2018 at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and we are thrilled to announce that Leigh Cunningham won 'Best Amateur Actress, and 'Death of a Salesman' was runner up in the 'Best Amateur Production'
Best Amateur Actress:
Leigh Cunningham in Equus (shortlisted)
Alice Corrigan in Twelfth Night (shortlisted)
Best Amateur Actor:
Jeff Bone in Equus
David Penrose in Equus
Mark Wakeman in Death of a Salesman (shortlisted)
Vincent Adams in Twelfth Night (shortlisted)
Best Amateur Production:
Sive by John B Keane
Equus by Peter Shaffer (shortlisted)
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (shortlisted)
Totton Drama Festival 2018
This year Bench was part of what is widely agreed to have been one of the most exciting Totton Drama Festivals in some years, which featured a
total of 14 entries from 11 different companies.
It gave us a great opportunity to revisit two of the pieces from "Mark My Words" in front of a new audience; these were "Your Forever" and "36 Candles" by our own Mark Wakeman, who also directed both.
Although we did not bring home any silverware this year, we did well to attract a number of nominations.
Our nominees were:
Best Script: Mark Wakeman ("Your Forever" and "36 Candles")
Best Actress: Beth Evans in "Your Forever"
Best Actress: Angie McKeown in "36 Candles"
Best Actor: Dan Finch in "Your Forever"
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Welton in "36 Candles"
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.
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.
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!