Next Club Nights:
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
A special mention of this forthcoming event.
Bench Theatre and WemsFest in association with The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
'What Ivy Wanted' By Jacquie Penrose
'An extremely powerful, fast-moving piece of theatre which touches on the effect of enforced retirement, the loss of a dearly loved friend, and past reminiscences, with shades of humour and compassion which will resonate with many. We are delighted to be working with this acclaimed theatre company and playwright.' (Mark Ringwood, Wemsfest Director)
Thursday 19th October 8pm - Brook Hall, Emsworth (8/6 pounds)
Friday 20th October 12.30 for 2pm - Wheelwright's Arms, Havant (15 pounds lunch included). Ring 02392476502 for tickets
Friday 20th October 8pm - United Reform Church, Hayling Island (8/6 pounds)
Saturday 21st October 8pm - Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall (8/6 pounds)
Full details of how to book tickets pick up a WemsFest brochure or go to http://www.wemsfest.com/
Our next plays are:
November 2017"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, to be directed by Alan Ward and Pete Woodward.
Congratulations to Julie and Archie for getting the following plays selected.
February 2018 "Precious Little Talent" by Ella Hickson, to be directed by Julie Wood.
April 2018 "Hedda Gabler" by Henrick Ibsen, to be directed by Archie McKeown.
Totton Drama Festival
Bench Theatre had great success at Totton, winning several awards! These were:
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Best Director: Simon Walton for Login Error
Best Adult Actor(s): Philip Amor and Aaron Holdaway for Login Error
Best Original Script: Adam Hughes for Login Error
Adjudicator's Award: This was especially presented to Mark Wakeman and Robin Hall for their rehearsed reading of Your Forever written by Mark Wakeman. Robin and Mark stepped in at the last minute to do this as two other groups withdrew their plays at short notice.
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Dates for all future plays and schedules can be found in play selection in the member's section.
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!
The Southampton Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2016. Bench Theatre received six very worthy nominations! When the winners were announced on Friday 27th January 2017, there were THREE WINNERS!! Our congratulations to Tasmin, Jessi and Mark for their awards.
Best Actress in a Drama:
WINNER: Tasmin Halford in Anne of Green Gables
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama:
WINNER: Jessi Wilson in Anne of Green Gables
WINNER: Mark Wakeman for Anne of Green Gables