Theatre season is well and truly back in the local area tonight; starting with the launch of Southsea Shakespeare Actors' 'Songologues'.
Directed and created by Matthew Gibbins, the show takes song lyrics you are likely to know and turns them into sketches and small scenes with comic or dramatic effect.
It opens tonight at Rosie's Vineyard on Elm Grove. Tickets are sold out for the show's entire run so well done to those who managed to nab them before they disappeared.
Heading along? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the show if you're attending, via our Facebook page; email; or by commenting below.
The show is the start of a season of very strong productions, including two more plays this year from Southsea Shakespeare Actors.
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Songologues is a collection of songs performed as monologues, duologues, and grand group scenes. If I had to pick one word to describe it – hilarious would certainly spring to mind!
The show, set in Rosie’s Vineyard, begins with a warning that actors “may interact with you” – an alarming idea! However, our guards were immediately down when greeted with an adorable Susie Coutts: titters began to ring around the room as the audience began to recognise lyrics. Susie continued to shine throughout the evening in her various roles – a dramatic chameleon.
After that, songs from movies came thick and fast, all performed in creative ways. The cast worked together magnificently. From 'All Along the Watchtower', retold by Nick Downes comically in a Tommy Cooper style sketch, to Sam Smith’s 'The Writing’s on the Wall': wonderfully performed as a terrified man on a skydive by Courtney Appleton, one to watch, and Roger Easey.
A highlight was Vincent Adam’s hilarious portrayal of 'I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing' as a stalker-like spider which caused the audience to erupt in nervous and hysterical laughter.
"The cast worked together magnificently."
The show really was laugh a minute, interspersed with moments of real poignancy. Tales of loss and grief were told tenderly. Katie Hicks’ rendition of ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ was so deeply moving, I found it hard to tear my gaze away.
Mrs Robinson, played by Sue Bartlett, was an incredibly fast paced and entertaining homage - a real showcase of the cast’s collective talents and comic timing.
The last few sketches, directed effectively by Matthew Gibbins, included numbers which had an uproarious effect – again Vincent Adams shining here.
A most enjoyable evening – I wish the cast a successful rest of the run.
Rehearsals for 'Betty Blue Eyes' are well underway for award winning theare group CCADS, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary on the Portsmouth Theatre scene.
The musical features composition and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe, who are most notable for Disney's smash musical 'Mary Poppins', and are also getting notable acclaim for their recent revival of 'Half a Sixpence' at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
CCADS are one of the first amateur groups to present the musical 'Betty Blue Eyes', a wonderfully uplifting musical about a couple who look to a pig in hard times of World War rationing.
It stars John-Paul and Kerry Mccroan alongside Sheila Birt; Peter Colley; Matt Sackman; Danny Owen; Tony Dart, amongst a top ensemble cast from the world of Portsmouth Theatre.
The show is at the Hayling Island Station Theatre from 6th - 10th September 2016 and tickets are still currently available. Booking is strongly advised, and for those who do not know the musical, we strongly recommend booking and giving it a go.
The complex and effective set is being designed by Southsea Scenery, whilst choreography is being staged by Lydia Thorne. Musical Direction by Louise Helyer.
This wonderful musical is well worth a watch; regardless of how well you know it. Keep an eye on our pages for more information on this show, and book your tickets by clicking the link below.
Popular theatre company The Bench, who have just completed a hit two week run of 'Woman In Mind', are holding auditions for their next production this week.
The group, based in Havant and performing at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, are looking for performers to star in their production of 'Anne of Green Gables'.
The auditions are taking place on the 18th and 21st August 2016, both at The Spring. Thursday 18th begins at 7:30pm and Sunday 21st will be at 2pm.
The show itself is being performed in the period between Sunday 13th November until Sunday 27th November 2016. It is being directed by Mark Wakeman.
Below is the document with more information, as well as contact details for registering interest and asking questions.
The Bench Theatre are renowned for strong productions with a brilliant community for their members. If you are interested, attending these audtions is highly recommended.
Things have been quiet over the summer months, but the Autumn/Winter season of Portsmouth productions kicks off with Southsea Shakespeare Actors' ever popular 'Songologues'.
Returning for a third volume by popular demand, 'The Songologues' has now officially sold out of tickets for the full run.
The show takes popular song lyrics and flips them into
monologues with comic or dramatic effect, creating a dynamic and interesting sketch show production.
With strong audience reaction previously, this edition is highly anticipated. Well done to all who nabbed tickets.
The Songologues Volume 3: Big Screen Edition runs at Rosie's Vineyard from August 30th until September 1st 2016. The show is directed and created by Matthew Gibbins.
We look forward to seeing the show in action at the end of the month, and will bring you reaction to this when it begins.
It's the heartbreaking news no parent; no family and no community, theatrical or otherwise, should ever have to face.
Sadly, The Young Creatives Portsmouth, a youth group of theatrical talent, have recently faced the devastating loss of one of their members. Imogen was only 11 years old, and described as a "loving, caring and dedicated part of the The Young Creatives Portsmouth family." She passed away suddenly from Meningitis.
Yesterday the group were due to perform a musical mash up they had been rehearsing for six weeks. Understandbly, they didn't feel like they could perform it without Imogen, but somehow they found the strength to stand up and sing this song in her memory.
Marie Amey, leader of the group, said "I am very proud of these children, they are all stars. We will miss Imogen hugely and hold her forever in our hearts."
The emotive performance was also viewed by Imogen's family, who turned up to watch and support.
A page for donations has been set up in honour of Imogen to support her family at this difficult time. We've included a link below so you can donate to this very worthy cause, and we hope the theatre community will be forthcoming in doing so.
Our thoughts are with Imogen's family; friends and The Young Creatives Portsmouth at this sad time.
The big band concert 'Being Alive 3', held recently at Ferneham Hall, has raised over £2000 for worthy causes.
Audience members were treated to a fantastic evening of performances from top local musical theatre talent, accompanied by an impressive live big band, led by musical director Darren Alderton.
The third instalment of 'Being Alive' was clearly the most ambitious in terms of size; venue and concept: but it was worth every risk. The evening was a well attended success, with fantastic audience feedback and a great atmosphere.
"So far to date we have raised £2121.31," creator and director Kelly Fuller tells us. "The event was amazing; the feedback we have had has been fantastic.
"I'm overwhelmed by the outcome as I was worried about doing it at such a big venue. Still pinching myself now to know what we have all achieved."
Everyone involved should be exceptionally proud of the achievement and the total raised. With such a wonderful atmosphere and such high quality performances, we're already looking forward to 'Being Alive 4'!
'Being Alive 3' raised funds for Autism Hampshire and the Epilepsy Society. These fantastic charities do great work, and we've included links to their website below so you can find out more.
Photos in this article courtesy of Sue Rourke.
Fareham Musical Society have released a cast photo of the men who will be taking their kit off for their next production.
'The Full Monty' opens in Ferneham Hall, Fareham, on 20th September and runs until the 24th; with a matinee on the Saturday.
It is based on the hit film of the same name. Tickets are, obviously, expected to sell well so advance booking is advised. More information can be found on the Fareham Musical Society Facebook page, and we've included a handy link to the box office below.
Some of the cast of Southsea Shakespeare Actors' popular Songologues shows are to perform a taster at a spoken word event this Thursday.
'Front Room: Spoken Word' is Aurora's popular event, ran regularly on Thursday evenings. It celebrates and features local talented writers; poets and performers.
Further to a popular performance there previously, and in advance of their next show at the end of August, the cast of Songologues are performing highlights from their previous volumes as part of the night's line up.
The Songologues takes popular song lyrics and turns them into performance monologues; twisting the lyrics we all know in interesting and comical ways.
Aurora's event is this Thursday from 7:30pm and features this twenty minute taster. Entry is free. Aurora is at 40 Albert Road, Southsea.
Meanwhile, tickets for the next instalment of Songologues are now available. The third volume: 'Big Screen Edition' (featuring song lyrics from popular movie songs), is being performed at Rosie's Vineyard nightly from August 31st until September 2nd 2016.