The Bench have begun rehearsals on their next production of Alan Bennett's farcical 'Habeas Corpus'.
The play is to be performed at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in Havant from Wednesday 14th until Saturday 17th September, with a matinee on the Saturday.
The company encourage audience members to "grab the chance to enjoy this much-loved, enduring comedy of lust, love and dropped trousers"!
Director Jacquie Penrose has assembled a fine cast of Bench members for the production, and released the cast list online via the Bench Theatre website:
Thus far, the play has proved to be successful at the box office, with the first night almost sold out. It follows a very successful run of Ayckbourn's 'Woman In Mind' for the company, which finished last week.
Tickets for 'Habeas Corpus' are available now and booking is advised.
Hot on the heels of the success of 'Grease' at Ferneham Hall, South Downe Musical Society have tonight confirmed the principal cast of their next production.
'Made In Dagenham', a musical by David Arnold with lyrics by Richard Thomas based on the film, is to be performed at The Kings Theatre in November.
Posting on their Facebook page, South Downe Musical Society have cast Helen Stoddart and Matt Sackman as Rita and Eddie, amongst other fantastic performers from the company.
South Downe Musical Society have always presented high quality productions and this show, for the venue, follows their fantastic production of 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' which was a big hit at The Kings Theatre.
The production comes highly recommended and runs from Thursday 10th November 2016 until Saturday 12th, with a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are available now.
Some of the top musical performers in the region are coming together this evening, alongside an epic big band, to perform songs whilst raising money for worthy causes at Ferneham Hall.
Raising well deserved funds for the Epilepsy Society and Autism Hampshire, tickets are £15. There is also a charity raffle with some wonderful sponsored prizes from local businesses.
This edition of 'Being Alive' is the third, following two successful years of well attended and acclaimed evenings. Thus far, the first two years of the project have raised over £5000 for charity.
Tonight is your only opportunity to see the show, which begins at the earlier time of 6:30pm and is cash only at the box office.
Kelly Fuller, creator and director of Being Alive, said: "As my father Ray said after the very first Being Alive with talent like this on our door step who needs to go to the West End. I may sound biased but I honestly believe we are so lucky to have some amazing talent in this area, with a lot of those on the stage for our event, along with a fabulous youth cast. Some beautiful numbers along with a lot of toe tapping numbers also: [this will be] a fantastic evening, all in aid of two fantastic charities."
So this is your only opportunity to go see some incredible talent and, at the same time, raise some money for charity. Tonight only. 6:30pm. Ferneham Hall.
Tickets cash only at the door of Ferneham Hall, or contact a cast member for advance booking/reservations. If you are not connected to the cast, don't worry! Call 07714463223 for bookings.
SouthScenery, the company responsible for building the mighty impressive Greased Lightning for South Downe Musical Society, have announced they are to be set designers for 'Betty Blue Eyes'.
Posting on social media, the company said they were excited to make the announcement and told how they "can't wait [to get started]!"
'Betty Blue Eyes' is being staged by multi-award winning CCADS, who have performed fantastic and acclaimed productions of 'Cats' and 'Into The Woods' this year.
'Betty Blue Eyes' is on at The Station Theatre, Hayling Island from 6th - 10th September 2016. This fun, uplifting musical comes highly recommended - for all the best reasons a show should be: now including the set design! Tickets are available now, we've included a link below. Advanced booking advised.
For one night only the talented Fareham Musical Society present 'Reflections Of...' at Ferneham Hall.
This unique production, playing tonight, celebrates the incredible songs of Johnny Cash; Judy Garland; Eva Cassidy and Karen Carpenter.
It begins at 7:30pm and tickets are available from the Ferneham Hall box office, priced £15 and £13 respectively. It is only being performed on Thursday 21st July so this is your one chance to see this wonderful tribute.
There are three last chances to see The Bench Theatre's final performances of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Woman In Mind'.
The play is now in the second and final week of its run, which has been well received critically and from audience members.
The play, considered by many to be among Ayckbourn's strongest, tells the story of Susan who, suffering with her real family, invents an imaginary ideal family. This imaginary creation then collides and juxtaposes with the real world with fascinating consequences.
The play is on nightly at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant until Saturday.
The show is directed by Andrew Caple and stars Sally Hartley in the lead role.
This Sunday sees the return of the ever popular Being Alive, this time with a bigger and bolder third installment.
Some of the top local musical talent will take to the stage at Ferneham Hall to perform alongside a big band and raise money for worthy causes.
We catch up with creator and director of Being Alive 3 to find out more about this enchanting evening.
Hi Kelly, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. This is the third 'Being Alive' production, following two very successful previous shows. Tell us a bit about how it all started.
I used to partake in Race for life to raise money for Cancer Research, after loosing my Cousin Rachel to Breast Cancer, and my Father being Diagnosed with Prostate cancer. After a dancing accident, I could no longer partake in running, but wanted to still raise awareness and money for this charity. As I belong to an amazing musical society, I thought, why not work to my strengths and get my friends on board to put on, what I thought, would be a one off charity concert singing our favourite musical songs.
At the time my Nanna was also suffering with Dementia so decided to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Society too. It was such a success we decided to do it again last year, but to choose two other charities that meant something to the cast, and it has grown from there.
It really has! This year it's at a larger venue: Ferneham Hall, with an incredible big band. You must be really pleased with the progress.
If someone had said to me when I first decided to do this three years ago that we would still be doing it, and we would be performing at Ferneham Hall, I wouldn’t have believed them. I am overwhelmed by all the support we have all received over the years. It means so much. We as a Being Alive cast have raised £5115.15 to date for the charities of choice over the 2 years. We are hoping to add more to our total from this event.
That's incredible. Which charities are you supporting this year and why?
This year we are supporting Autism Hampshire and The Epileptic Society. The reason behind these two charities is because last year, a school friend of mine lost her brother, after an epileptic seizure bought on a heart attack. He was also Autistic. He was 29 years old. Robert was an amazing young man, and is missed by everyone who knew him.
This show has a very strong cast. How was the casting process?
I am so lucky to be part of South Downe Musical Society and I also have friends in CCADS, Portsmouth Players and Fareham Musical Society. So I started on my first year, asking if anyone else would be interested in doing the concert with me. it has then stayed the same, with me asking people along to it, with some even asking if they can be part of it. I am very lucky to have some amazingly talented friends, who I also call my Theatre family who are willing to give up there free time to be part of this with me.
How have rehearsals been? Have you faced any challenges?
It wouldn’t be normal to produce anything like this without challenges. I have never produced an event of this scale, and I am my own worst enemy for not delegating tasks to people. So I have had to overcome that, and let others help me on this journey, and I am overwhelmed with all the support I have got from not only the cast, but others who want to be involved behind the scenes also.
What has been your highlight of putting together Being Alive?
I don’t have one particular highlight, as the end result always makes me smile, not only from the response we get from people who support and come and watch us, but also the amount we are able to raise for the charities.
So far this year however, happened to be yesterday when some of the band joined us at the rehearsal and we rehearsed with them. The songs we have this year are beautiful, and it got me quite emotional seeing all the hard work from everyone come together.
What would you say to audience members considering booking tickets?
As my father Ray said after the very first Being Alive, three years ago, with talent like this on our door step who needs to go to the West End. I may sound biased but I honestly believe we are so lucky to have some amazing talent in this area, with a lot of those on the stage for our event, along with a fabulous youth cast. Some beautiful numbers along with a lot of toe tapping numbers also. A fantastic evening, all in aid of two fantastic charities.
Being Alive 3 is at Ferneham Hall this Sunday the 24th July at 6:30pm. Tickets are available from members of the cast, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 07714 463223. Tickets once ordered can be collected on the door. Highly recommended viewing - and you get to help worthy causes too! What more could one ask for?
Roger Goldsmith has announced further casting of his production 'It Started With a Touch'.
The already strong principal cast, made of those with much acting experience in the local area and beyond, now contains Faye Amanda Williams.
Writing on social media, Roger Goldsmith who wrote
the piece said:
'It Started With a Touch' is being performed at Rosie's Vineyard from the 17th to the 19th October 2016 at 7:45pm. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling 07951750165 or by emailing email@example.com.
The Southsea Shakespeare Actors have confirmed tickets for 'The Songologues: Big Screen Edition' are now officially on sale.
The show concept, which delivers song lyrics as interesting and entertaining monologues, was an instant hit when it was first performed at Rosie's Vineyard in 2014.
Now delivering its third triumphant edition, the show is expected to be a box office success, as the previous volumes all have.
The show is being performed at Rosie's Vineyard, Elm Grove, from Tuesday 30th August until Thursday 1st September. It themes itself around song lyrics from films and is directed and created by Matthew Gibbins.
There are limited seats available for each showing. Booking in advance is highly recommended - so if you're planning on going get them now!
Following their critically acclaimed and successful run of 'Grease' at Ferneham Hall last week, South Downe Musical Society have tonight begun rehearsals on their next production.
'Made In Dagenham: The Musical', which originally ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End starring Gemma Arterton, is based on the 2010 film of the same name.
The show may not be one of the most well known musicals, but the music and lyrics by David Arnold and Richard Thomas are often celebrated amongst those who have heard them or seen the show.
With South Downe Musical Society's excellent track record of performing quality musicals locally, we already know it's a show worth buying tickets for.
The show runs at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, from Thursday 10th until Saturday 12th November 2016. Tickets are available from the Kings box office now. Link below.