Next Club Nights:
NO Club Night as we have 'A Bunch of Amateurs' in the theatre
Club Night. Pitch and vote.
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:
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.
At the recent play selection, 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. Auditions have been held and the cast can be found at "The Deep Blue Sea".
Two plays have been selected for the Totton Festival of Drama. 'Risk' by Lucy Flannery will be performed on Thursday 28th March at 7:00, and 'A Dangerous Woman' will be performed on Saturday 30th March at 2:00. Please get your tickets (Hangar Farm Box Office)to support these plays and the festival!
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 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!