Computer Dating

Written by Lucy Flannery

Totton - 23rd March, Shaftesbury - 16th April 2011

Directed by Callum West

The first round of the All England Theatre Festival (Western Area, Southern Division) is usually held at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton. Bench Theatre first entered the festival competition in 2006 and has been a regular contributor ever since.

AuthorLucy Flannery

Lucy Flannery

Lucy has lived in Havant for over 30 years, and although she only joined the Bench in 2008, she has been coming to productions since the 1980s. The first Bench Production she saw was 'Hedda Gabler'. A keen theatre goer, she also frequently attends Chichester Festival Theatre and Spring productions whenever she can.

She has been a professional writer for over 20 years and has been published in a number of humorous magazines, including Punch. Her film and TV credits include episodes of 'Close to Home', 'The Two of Us', 'The Story of Tracy Beaker', and the 1994 film 'A Business Affair', (starring Christopher Walken, Jonathan Price and Sheila Hancock). Her work broadcast on Radio 4 includes the 1995 comedy series 'Any Other Business' (which starred John Duttine) and the series 'Rent' (which starred Patrick Barlow and Barbara Flynn) which won the 1993 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and ran for 4 series, from 1993 to 1998. 'Computer Dating' is her first play performed by Bench Theatre.

PlayComputer Dating

Six strangers, three couples, ninety seconds to find true love. The play is a funny and poignant insight in to what some people go through to find the partner of their dreams. 'Computer Dating' was first performed to great acclaim in 2010 at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre as part of Bench Theatre's festival of new writing, Supernova 5.

The Bench Competition Entry

Computer Dating poster image

This one-act play was staged at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton as part of the first round of the All England Theatre Festival 2011 competition. As one of the highest scoring plays over the two festivals held in the AETF Southern Division that year, it progressed to the second round staged at The Arts Centre in Shaftesbury on April 16th. Richard Le Moignan was awarded "Best Supporting Actor" and author, Lucy Flannery was presented with the award for "Best Original Script" at the Totton Festival.


First ManAndrew Caple
First WomanSharman Callam
Second ManThomas Hall
Second WomanMegan Green
Third ManRichard Le Moignan
Third WomanFern Bicheno


Director Callum West
Stage Managers
Sally Hartley
Julie Wood
Stage Managers
Robin Hall
Diana Wallsgrove
Photography Melanie Cole

Production Photographs

Computer Dating Winners

Computer Dating Awards

The Bench Totton Winners 2011

...including cast and crew award winners from How to Visit Pompeii... and Lonesome Pine also staged at the same festival.

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