Mark My Words

Written by Mark Wakeman

Wednesday 13th September to Saturday 16th September 2017

Directed by Mark Wakeman

AuthorMark Wakeman

Mark Wakeman

Mark Wakeman is the only writer to have had work selected for every Supernova the Bench has ever performed. Supernova VII saw the debut of his 17th one act play performed by the company. He also wrote the last three Bench pantomimes Cinderella, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty. Mark has had work performed at the Steyning Festival and Bare Essentials in London as well as the Totton Festival of Drama (where he has won the award for Best Original Script five times) and the all England Drama Festival. Following its performance at Totton his play 'Grotto' was selected for publication by Roister Doister Publishing and is available to buy on Amazon or on order through any bookshop. 'Jitters' and 'Choices' are also to be published soon.

Mark started writing at Middle School encouraged by an inspiring teacher and scribbled away for many years without showing anything to anyone. At University while performing with the college theatre society they asked writers to submit original work and so Mark had his first ever plays performed there, with one of them being taken to the Edinburgh Festival. Comedy was his first love (apart from a girl called Nicola whom he once bought an apple for, but who never looked at him twice ... although she did eat the apple!) and he fancied a career writing sit coms or sketch comedy (he has also made several attempts to write a many volumed Game of Thrones style Fantasy epic) but a zillion rejection letters later and he seems to have found his groove writing one act plays as they have proved the most popular, even the serious ones! He still hopes one day to write something memorable!

Mark has been an active actor and director with the Bench for a number of years, some members can even remember when he had hair. Just. Mark lives alone in Emsworth with a cat (although you could have probably guessed that just from reading this biography!) and his dreams!

PlayMark My Words

Mark My Words is a series of 4 one-act plays.

Your Forever. Claire invites Steve to the pub to break up with him. A comedy drama.

First and Last. Thomas, an older man has a seemingly chance encounter with a much younger woman in a cafe but all is not as it seems. A poignant drama with a streak of wit.

Red Rockett. Chaos in the recording studio of a 1950's BBC show. An accident with the tapes means the show has to broadcast live but everything starts to go wrong. A straight out comedy.

Thirty Six Candles. A comedy about old friends getting together to celebrate a birthday and realising that their forties is approaching.

The Bench Production

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These plays will be staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


36 Candles

AmyJo Langfield
MariaTasmin Halford
MandyLorraine Stone
LizzieAngie McKeown
GuyZack Cuthberton
WaiterDavid Booth

Your Forever

SteveDan Finch
ClaireBeth Evans

First and Last

ThomasAlan Welton
CathySuzt Gains
TomChris Davey

Red Rockett

MorrisPaul Millington
DeliaJulie Wood
FredJeff Bone
JackStuart Reilly
MarianClaire Lyne
LizLiz Donnelly
Sir Hogmany WashRoger Wallsgrove
Miss VoleRobin Hall


Director Mark Wakeman
Stage Manager Jessi Wilson
Assistant Stage Manager Megan Green
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Lighting Operation
Sound Operation
Set Design
Programme Editor Derek Callam
Handbill Design Dan Finch
FOH Manager