Next Club Nights:
Bench clubnight. Alice Corrigan will be running this with the theme 'Physicality as an Actor'.
We welcome old and new members to our club nights. If you are interested in joining the company please do come along to The Spring Arts Centre and be part of our club evening. Please note the new start time of 7:45pm!
News about Forthcoming Plays
Our next plays are: April 2017 "Equus" by Peter Shaffer to be directed by Alan Ward.
July 2017"Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, to be directed by Jacquie Penrose.
An opportunity for you to be in a play! Members and non members can audition, but if cast, non members will need to join.
Auditions for Twelfth Night will be held at the Spring on Sunday 5th March 11-1 and Tuesday 7th March 7.30-9.30. (There will be a full read-through of the play on Sunday 26th March 10-1 - this is tbc.) If you are not available for these audition dates but would like to be considered, please contact Jacquie Penrose at email@example.com and she will arrange something else.
Non members may also wish to contact Jacquie with any queries or to express their interest in auditioning.
The make-up of the cast will be quite fluid for size, ages and genders. There are 14 named parts, a few of which can be doubled and some can swap gender, and there will also need to be a gang of smaller roles both non-speaking and with a few lines.
Don't rule yourself out on the grounds of age or gender - it's all very fluid. (That said, the principal roles - Viola and Olivia in particular, should be young (playing age).
A singer! Feste is a key (but not huge) role and s/he must be able to sing. S/he should ideally be able to accompany him/herself on a musical instrument, eg a guitar, bodhran or similar.
Performances: The Get-in is Sunday 2nd July; dress rehearsals Monday and Tuesday 3rd and 4th. Performances Thursday 6th-Saturday 8th (including matinee), and Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th, get-out Sunday 16th.
Dates for all future plays and schedules can be found in play selection in the member's section.
For something a little different The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre presented in association with Bench Theatre Fringe What Ivy Wanted written by Jacquie Penrose. There were two performances on Thursday January 19th at 2:30 and 7:30.
Thanks to Jacquie Penrose for an interesting evening on sound!
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.
An inventory of props and costumes held in the props cupboard as well as by various members is now available to look at. Please go to the members section under Storage Guidelines to find the list to download.
Have you purchased a Rugby style shirt or one of the new polo shirts with the bench logo? Contact Jacquie Penrose for a smart new look!
The Southampton Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards 2016. Bench Theatre received six very worthy nominations! When the winners were announced on Friday 27th January 2017, there were THREE WINNERS!! Our congratulations to Tasmin, Jessi and Mark for their awards.
Best Actress in a Drama:
WINNER: Tasmin Halford in Anne of Green Gables
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama:
WINNER: Jessi Wilson in Anne of Green Gables
WINNER: Mark Wakeman for Anne of Green Gables