Next Club Nights:
Our next clubnight is at The Spring! This is on Thursday 7th October at 7:45. We will be selecting a play for February 2022.
Despite the current restrictions imposed by Covid 19, the Bench committee have been active. Several clubnights have taken place via zoom, and enjoyed by Bench members and Friends of The Bench.
Our AGM was held online on Thursday 9th September 7:45.
It was great to see so many Bench members support our July and our September productions. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our production in November.
Dates for all future productions until April 2023 can be found in the members' section under Play Selection. Details of pitch times etc will be published nearer the times for each slot.
We are also pleased to announce that The Bench participated in the Totton Drama Festival. One play was performed on Wednesday 16th June. This was: Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Paul King.
Havant Borough Council run 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.