Rootless Tree have released initial rehearsal photos from their upcoming production of Simon Stephens' 'Punk Rock'.
The show follows a group of private school sixth-formers as they prepare for their A-level mock exams. Playing out almost entirely in the sixth-form library, the intimate and confined space causes the relationships and truths between the students to unravel.
The play, directed by Gary Dixon, is being performed at The Treehouse Theatre in Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, from Thursday 26th May until Saturday 28th May. It is for ages 14 years and above.
"'Punk Rock' is a wonderful ensemble piece of contemporary drama that has had huge success throughout the world. Packed with Simon Stephens' intelligent and in-your-face dialogue, experience an explicitly candid look into the lives of the young adults."
Recently, we heard a rumour that Southsea Shakespeare Actors' hit show 'The Songologues' was returning for a third volume.
Today, creator and director Matt Gibbins has confirmed this, and also unveiled the brand new theme.
For those unfamiliar, the show centres itself on performances of song lyrics as monologues. The delivery of these is typically creative and unexpected, but with some link or reference to the lyrics themselves. Both previous productions sold very well and gained positive feedback from audience members who attended.
"The Sogologues, now in its third instalment, is a collection of songs centred on a theme and delivered in ways you wouldn't expect," reads the press release. "Our aim is to deliver a sketch show bursting with comedy and drama, light and shade."
This year, the theme is 'The Big Screen Edition', which will feature songs from the movies. The company are holding auditions on the 19th and 22nd May 2016, details of which can be found on the SSA Facebook page.
The show is due to be performed at Rosie's Vineyard from Momday 29th August - Thursday 1st September 2016.
According to rumour, it's looking very likely 'The Songologues' are to return this year, with a brand new third volume.
The previous shows, conceptually created and directed by Matt Gibbins, deliver song lyrics as creative monologues. They were performed in a cabaret style in the function room of Rosie's Vineyard, Elm Grove.
The first edition was so well received by its sell-out audience that it was reprised months later in a second sell-out run. The second edition was equally as well received and delivered a strong box office performance.
Some members of the original casts are now - ahead of the rumoured announcement of Songologues Volume III - preparing a performance of some highlights in Aurora Bar, Albert Road, on May 5th.
We'll provide more updates as they are announced.
Last night David Lippiett, a legend of the Portsmouth amateur theatre scene, gave his final performance at The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea Lido.
The evening, titled 'Happy Birthday Shakespeare', was a tribute to the works of Shakespeare, celebrating the Bard's 400th.
Notably, the evening marked David's retirement from treading the boards. His career on the local theatre scene spans sixty-five plus years in which he has worked with lots of local companies and started his own; One Off Productions.
One Off Productions were often critically acclaimed and the company performed a great deal of iconic shows, including specials to mark Dickens' bicentennial; the anniversary of World War One and, now, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare.
Last night, following extended rapturous applause, David gave a moving tribute to his career, specifying how much he would love to continue, but how complications with health and memory mean he has regrettably had to stop.
The evening was well received by audience members and those who had performed with David over the years.
Fellow performer Tim Suffolk said, "David has indeed made a very special contribution to amateur drama in Portsmouth during his long career and that will be missed but happily remembered."
Here at PortsmouthTheatre.com, as celebrators of the local amateur scene, we wish David the best for the future and thank him for his contributions to the Portsmouth amdram scene over the years.
He truly has helped to develop the wonderful scene we have in our city.
Bench Theatre begin their second and final week performing 'God of Carnage' tonight.
The show runs nightly until Saturday at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant.
Thus far, it has had pleasing comments from audience members who saw it last week. The Daily Echo critic, Alan Johns, said the four actors "performed very well indeed", whilst also praising the production, directed by Pete Woodward, which "contained all the ingredients to make Yasmine Reza's well-known play a success".
Tickets are available now from The Spring Arts Centre box office.
Tonight marks the opening night for South Downe Musical Society's latest show: 'Hot Mikado'.
Following their highly successful run of 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' last year, the company are returning to the stage - this time at Ferneham Hall - with this colourful and energetic show.
The musical is a comedy based on Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado', but with a much more updated style. It is highly recommended, especially for those who may not naturally be inclined to take a chance on Gilbert and Sullivan.
To show the vibrancy of the production, we've managed to gain access to some photographs taken at the dress rehearsal last night, which we've featured in our gallery below.
Tickets are currently on sale from the Ferneham Hall box office, (link included below the gallery). Alternatively, you can call 01329 231942.
The show runs nightly until Saturday, and there is also a matinee on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm.
Following their successful production of Jesus Christ Superstar, during which extra seats were added due to popular demand, Hayling Musical Society have confirmed and began to market their next production.
'Views From A Hill' is a song cycle from old and new shows, basing itself on the viewpoints of people living in a busy city, who head to a peaceful hill to reflect.
"Have you ever had one of those special places that you go just to think? Is there a unique walk that you go on to take your mind off the realism of life?
If the answer is yes to either of these questions then this show is perfect for you.
'Views From A Hill' introduces us to viewpoints of many people living a busy life in the city. They all head onto a peaceful hill to reflect, think, laugh, share a moment with family, make an awkward phone call or just enjoy the view.
This song cycle logically links together classic musical theatre, decades of wel known songs and plenty of contemporary new show material."
The show includes songs from The Lion King, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and many more. It is on at The Station Theatre, Hayling Island, from 1st June until 4th June 2016.
We've included a link to the box office below. Tickets are on sale now.
Cast members from South Downe Musical Society yesterday introduced themselves to their home for the next week.
The company, fresh from the success of 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' last year, will be in Fareham staging a production of 'Hot Mikado'. It runs from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd April 2016, with a Saturday matinee.
Based on Gilbert and Sullivan's acclaimed musical 'The Mikado', 'Hot Mikado' has a similar tone and story but jazzes things up considerably! This means it's generally considered an even more accessible, energetic and fun show for all ages than the one on which it is based.
To prove this, the cast spent yesterday afternoon performing songs from the show in Fareham Town Centre to shoppers and passers-by, captivating interest in the piece around the town.
An offer for those who spoke to the cast yesterday is set to continue for a limited time: if you quote the word 'Bandstand' at the Box Office, you can access a 2 for 1 ticket deal.
Looks like 'Hot Mikado' is set to be a fun, energetic show and another crowning jewel in Fareham's already strong amateur theatre line up this year. It comes, as all South Downe Musical Society shows do, highly recommended.
To book, head to the Ferneham Hall Box Office or speak to a cast member. You can call the box office on 01329 231942 (quote 'Bandstand' for BOGOF).
Photos from South Downe Musical Society Facebook pages show cast in rehearsal.
As the #Shakespeare400 celebrations begin, Portsmouth has lots on offer theatrically to mark this special anniversary.
One such item worthy of consideration is Cloak and Dagger's murder mystery evening 'Quentin De Borghe Presents...'.
Being performed in St Faith's Church Hall, The Pallant, Havant on 23rd April 2016 from 7:30pm, the evening includes a "fiendishly puzzling" murder mystery and a three course dinner for just £18.50 per person.
"The famous actor-manager Quentin de Borghe is touring with his troupe of Has-been and Wannabe actors, the glamorous and the hopeless, all promoting his unique and courageous "improvements" to the better known plays of William Shakespeare.
But is there complete harmony in the company? It seems not. Bitter undercurrents of jealousy and hatred emerge as the evening progresses until finally it all boils over in dramatic murder.
Can you discover who would do such a thing?
Can you win the prize?
Cloak & Dagger, the Murder Mystery specialists, perform
Quentin de Borghe presents...
Come for a night of comedy and mystery. Listen to Shakespeare turning in his grave as we try to improve on some of the tragedies. Enjoy jokes that were old when he was just a boy and solve the mystery as Shakespeare in Love meets The Pink Panther!
It’s more than a dinner, it’s more than a play:
It’s a great night out with a difference!"
Highly recommended fun. For tickets, please contact the Parish Office or call 023 9249 2129
Next week sees the launch of 'Much Ado About Portsmouth', a city-wide celebration of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. As part of this week-long festival, many Portsmouth Theatricals are getting themselves involved in the various events on offer, with performances throughout the week, special shows and competitions taking place.
Here at PortsmouthTheatre.com we'll be bringing you all the information relating to the dedicated performances from the amateur scene; but there's one event we wanted to mention that falls slightly outside of our regular coverage. Mainly, we'll admit, because we really like the name...
The New Theatre Royal, with the University of Portsmouth, are hosting an event they hope will attract creative individuals, family groups, schools and societies. And, most importantly, it's got a clever pun for a name: 'Cakespeare'.
And yes, you guessed it, 'The Great Cakespeare Bake Off' is a combination of creative thinking, showstopper style baking (whatever your ability) and theatrical imagination.
Entrants - of which you are greatly encouraged to be one - are invited to create baked goods which are inspired by a Shakesperean quote.
We have no doubt there will be some brilliant creativity for this event and are looking forward to seeing the finished bakes! (Maybe sampling some too...).
So flour your sides; get your ovens on and join the fun! The judging is on Wednesday 20th April 2016 between 5pm and 7pm in the cafe of The New Theatre Royal. Full details can be found on the link below, which includes an entry form and the all important judging criteria.
Ready, steady, BAKE!