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Welcome to award-winning SUP. A friendly community theatre group open to all, when rehearsing we meet two evenings a week at the University of Southampton, usually Tuesday & Thursday

During the lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions we are continuing to hold committee meetings via Zoom, as well as regular online socials including quiz nights and play readings, posting on our Facebook page, holding lockdown challenges for our members, planning our future programme, and more.

If you’re interested in joining SUP get in touch here

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Updated audition details – July 2020


LOCKDOWN SOCIALS

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living4OUR NEXT PRODUCTION

Night of the Living Dead™ Live

ONLINE AUDITIONS 14th AND 16th JULY

A fast-moving comedic re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic film, set in 1968 and presented live ‘in black and white’

Directed by Tim Prentki, Zoom auditions are now scheduled – this is planned as our October 2020 Halloween production but this is obviously subject to change and updates.

COVID-19 AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
It is uncertain what will happen regarding guidelines for social distancing, the availability and practicalities of audition and rehearsal spaces, if venues will be reopen by October, and if audiences will return. However, we have decided this will be our next production – we are just not 100% sure when that will be… We had provisionally booked Hanger Farm Arts Centre for Thu 22nd to Sat 24th October, so watch this space

Six strangers isolated in a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by brain-eating zombies – what could go wrong?

“Spooky, sophisticated and silly in equal measures”

If you are interested in auditioning, email Kerrie, SUP Secretary asap and we’ll get back to you – hello@suptheatre.co.uk

Please bear with us: the situation may well change in the coming weeks and months. But it’s good to have something to look forward to… even if we can’t be 100% sure when it will actually happen.


NOW SHOWING

Volume 2. Page 70, Picture 6. World War II. 8th May 1945. Whitehall, London, England. VE Day crowds are in high spirits after Prime Minister Winston Churchill+s speech.FOR THE FALLEN 2: HOME FRONT

Filmed during lockdown – click here to watch

We were disappointed when we had to cancel our rehearsals and planned performances for this anthology: wartime voices from the Southampton Blitz, D-day and VE Day.

However, we re-cast the piece and our fantastic members tackled the various poems, letters, sketches, monologues, first-hand accounts and even songs from the lockdown safety of their own homes – filming the clips. Many of these clips formed part of the live stream from Royal Victoria Country Park for its VE Day celebrations.

You can watch these clips in this special Playlist on our public Facebook page. Updated Vimeo channel coming soon.

Thanks to all our wonderful cast for their creativity and ingenuity

FOR THE FALLEN: HOME FRONT is an original SUP production, written and compiled by Stephen Fenerty



Screenshot 2020-06-09 at 14.03.52Unfortunately, this year’s festival in March was cancelled. We were due to present two plays: THE MAN ON THE FLOOR and SETTLING ACCOUNTS. SUP has a long history with the festival, and has won many awards over the years – including two awards last year.

We sent our best wishes to the great festival team, and were happy to waive the refunds on our entry fees. We also made a donation to the festival to show our support, in an act of solidarity during these difficult times.

From Mike Farleigh, Chair, Totton Festival of Drama:

“We are devastated, not only that the event will not happen, but also after all the time and effort groups have spent preparing, rehearsing (and sometimes even writing their production) and then not being able to perform on the Hanger Farm stage. We were so looking forward to seeing their excellent productions and feel the exciting building throughout the festival week. However, the health and safety of our audience and cast members, who are all in close quarters, has to take priority. Know that we are cancelling our festival with a very heavy heart.

The Totton Festival will be back for 2021 which is scheduled (pandemics not withstanding) the week of the 15th March at Hanger Farm. It would be fantastic to see you there.”


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THANK YOU TO OUR CAST, CREW AND AUDIENCES

We brought E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children to the stage at NST Campus in January 2020


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PREVIOUS PRODUCTION

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NEW MURDER MYSTERY – AVAILABLE TO LICENCE AND PERFORM

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PLAN AND PERFORM YOUR OWN EVENT – CHARACTERS, NARRATIVE, CLUES, PROP IDEAS AND MORE – FOR MURDER MYSTERY EVENTS, AM DRAM GROUPS AND CHARITIES

SPECIAL RATES FOR CHARITY FUNDRAISING PERFORMANCES – PLEASE EMAIL US

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FORECAST: MURDER

COMBINING THREE BRITISH OBSESSIONS: THE WEATHER, WHODUNITS AND CELEBRITY AWARDS CEREMONIES

The great British weather can be bloody murderJoin us at the National Weather Awards, the industry’s most glamourous night of the year, and mingle with top weather presenters including Gail Storms, April Showers, Rockall Malin and Misty Morning – as simmering tensions erupt and a fiendish murderer is on the loose…

This full-cast murder mystery from award-winning SUP Theatre Company puts the audience right in the heart of the action, and delivers a great night out. The outlook is horrible – and a great deal of fun.

FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE EMAIL PAUL, SUP SECRETARY


SUP’s FOR THE FALLEN at country parks and local festivals

Following highly successful shows at ROYAL VICTORIA COUNTRY PARK and at the ‘Lepe Into History’ festival at LEPE COUNTRY PARK, we came back with this fascinating show in September.

A funny and moving anthology compiled by SUP members Stephen Fenerty and Paul Green.

Volume 2. Page 70, Picture 6. World War II. 8th May 1945. Whitehall, London, England. VE Day crowds are in high spirits after Prime Minister Winston Churchill+s speech.


OUR AWARD-WINNING 2019 PRODUCTIONS

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Our award-winning plays appeared on a double-bill at the Rose Theatre, Eastleigh in April 2019

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Watch our trailer for Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (JANUARY 2019)

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AUDIENCES FOR OUR SELL-OUT JANUARY SHOW

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What audiences had to say…

“Absolutely fantastic” – Gillian C.

“Brilliant, very professional.  I couldn’t remember whodunit so even better. Well done.” – Julia P.

“You were all amazing. So professional.” – Val S.

“Great show as usual, loved every minute of it” – Carl B.

“Excellent performance by everyone” – Cherry C.

“You were all fabulous and so thrilling to see such a full theatre” – Jane B.

“Wonderful – a very professional performance by all. I’m sure the rest of the audience enjoyed it as much as I did” – Karin M.

Via Twitter – “Fantastic performances, loved the design of the soldiers.”


BEHIND THE SCENES

We were delighted to welcome Lady Stoppard, Sabrina Guinness, to our double-bill of comedies at the Rose Theatre , Eastleigh in 2018 – featuring Sir Tom’s play THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND

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UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS

Please email SUP if you’d like to meet us


Awards received by our people and productions

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Visit our Awards page for more details


SUP WINS ALL ENGLAND THEATRE FESTIVAL QUARTER FINALS 2018

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SUP won BEST PLAY at the Southern Region of the 2018 All England Theatre Festival (AETF) in Weymouth on Saturday 7th April with BULLY BEEF AND WHIZZBANGS, written and directed by Chris Hawley. SUP co chair Stephen Fenerty was also nominated as Best Actor.

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to our success.

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The Whizzbangs boys, L-R: Paul Jones, Chris Aland, festival adjudicator Nick Wilkes, Stephen Fenerty, Chris Hawley with cup, Dickie Fear (and Dennis). Not pictured: our amazing tech crew including Olly Trojak, Duncan Lang and Steve Town

We believe this is the first time in 53 years that SUP has progressed to the semi-finals of this prestigious national competition.

Read more here

Thank you to everyone who supported us in the next round, the Western Region finals in Dawlish on Saturday 5th May. SUP did not win this round but we came within one point of going to the All England Final – and we did walk away with the Adjudicator’s Special Award for Sound (Duncan Lang and Chris Hawley).


SUP WINS TOTTON DRAMA FESTIVAL 2018

The world premiere of “Bully Beef and Whizzbangs”, written and directed by SUP’s Chris Hawley, beat off stiff competition from 13 other plays to be named Best Production at the 40th Totton Festival of Drama on Saturday 24th March.

The play also won Best Actor for Stephen Fenerty, Best Original Script for Chris, and Best Technical Achievement for set, lighting and sound – Chris Hawley, Steve Town, Oliver Trojak, Duncan Lang, Clayton Peters and John Peters,

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This was SUP’s most successful night ever at the popular annual festival, and the first time in it’s history that our group has won best play. More here

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Murder Mystery events

Our recent Murder Mysteries include a charity fundraiser for the Creative Options Community Mental Health Project – helping to raise more than £600 for this amazing cause – and a murder mystery dinner to help raise funds for a disabled toilet at the country club venue where we appear regularly.

Our highly experienced Murder Mystery team is available for club and society bookings, private parties and charity events: we provide the whole package for a highly affordable  price:  licensing, script, cast, rehearsals, costumes, special props – and of course, lots of audience interaction on  the night! Please email SUP or events organiser Ali for details

Dying to host a Murder Mystery without the hassle? Get in touch!


Keep up to date on  productions, offers and competitions
If you’re interested in seeing our productions and hearing about offers and promotions, follow us on Twitter @SUPamdram and Facebook or submit your details here


About SUP Theatre Company in Southampton

Open to all residents of Southampton, we are a community amateur dramatic society established in 1965. Our home and rehearsal base is the University of Southampton – whose year-on-year support we gratefully acknowledge. We put on two major productions a year, including one at the NST Campus (Nuffield) theatre as well as one-act play evenings, murder mysteries and other events, including community theatre and private parties. We regularly participate in local drama festivals.

As well as theatrical productions we organise social events including theatre trips, play readings and quiz nights, and offer members the chance to attend workshops to learn acting and backstage skills.


Interested in joining us?

Membership is open to everyone. We are a small and friendly society, with a team spirit and are always looking to welcome new members. We welcome all: the experienced and  people with no or limited experience

Whether you’d like to act, direct, stage manage, make costumes, manage props or simply join us for play readings, get in touch. You’ll receive all the support and encouragement you need. Please complete the Join us form and we’ll be in touch.

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