Totton: Friday 28th March 2014
Directed by Claire Lyne
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.
An out of work actor takes a job as a department store Father Christmas, thinking it's easy money. But someone is going to walk through those doors that will turn his life upside down. A girl with the darkest secret..
In 1995 upon leaving university and in need of gainful employment I took a job for one month as the Merdian Centre's Father Christmas. It was an amazing, hilarious, heartbreaking, frightening experience. I'd write a play about it but nobody would believe it. But I thought it was a good setting for a script and originally thought to write a comedy but that was the lazy option so instead I opted to challenge myself and produce one of my 'Experiments' instead. The bit about the Swedish Child is based on true events. Everything else is not.
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 2014 competition.
Awards at the 2014 Festival
Best Overall Production:
Winner: 'Grotto' by Bench Theatre
Winner: Claire Lyne for 'Grotto'
Winner: Kirsty Terry for 'Grotto'
Best Original Script:
Winner: Mark Wakeman for 'Grotto'
Commended: Dan Finch for 'Grotto'
Best Supporting Player:
Commended: Liz Brown for 'Grotto'
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