Next Club Nights:
No Club Night due to a performance of The Deep Blue Sea
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:
The play chosen for July is "The Deep Blue Sea", written by Terence Rattigan. Andrew Caple will direct this production, the first time Bench Theatre has performed a Rattigan play.
In September we have "Pride", written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, to be directed by Stuart Reilly.
On the 24th September we have a double bill written by Jacquie Penrose. Some you Win features two plays, "The Party Guest" and "What a Good Boy". Copies of the script can be found here.
Finally, our last production of the year is Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austin and adapted by Simon Reade. This will be directed by Fiona Fairhurst.
Our first play in February 2020 will be "Di and Viv and Rose", written by Amelia Bullmore and directed by Mark Wakeman.
Our April production will be "The Unfortunate", written and directed by Ben Tanner.
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 Bench Theatre has the following nominations
Best Amateur Actress:
Katie Watson in Hedda Gabler
Faye Williams in Constellations
Best Amateur Actor:
Stuart Reilly in Constellations
Best Amateur Production:
Constellations by Nick Payne
Hedda Gabler by Henrick Ibson
Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson
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.
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!