Next Club Nights:
Future Clubnights are suspended.
Despite the current restrictions imposed by Covid 19, the Bench committee have been active online! The AGM was held via zoom in September, and there have been two opportunities since to meet up via zoom.
Discussions have taken place on what we are able to offer in the forseeable future. Large scale productions will not be viable, but after a vote was taken by members recently, we hope to put on 'Bench Presents Again' in February. This will be new small cast plays written and performed by Bench members.
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.
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 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.