Unfortunately, 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.
We also made a donation to the festival to show our support, in an act of solidarity.
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.”
BELOW – what might have been: images from THE MAN ON THE FLOOR and SETTLING ACCOUNTS, both written by Neil Simon and our planned festival entries for 2020
TOTTON FESTIVAL 2019
Written by British playwright Mark Ravenhill, the play begins when Lisa, a breast cancer sufferer visits Meryl, a healer who believes in the curative power of positive thought but over time, lines are crossed between the healer and the healed, Lisa and Meryl are caught in a power struggle which constantly asks who is the healer and who is the healed? As time folds back on itself, they both discover that the world is full of ghosts.
The director, Troy Chessman, writes: “The power lies in the dialogue of this play… the script allows three actresses some wonderfully poignant, powerful moments of acting. I would like to blend a truthful, naturalistic approach to the dialogue with a stylised approach to how we show the passing of time and the unfolding of Meryl and Lisa’s paths. I would like to explore some Berkovian techniques which play with speed and time and the body to create a haunting, ghostly effect.”
“Both a satire and a moving story about illness.” – Guardian
AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS
A one-act play by famed US playwright Tennessee Williams.
Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator – and also a drag queen approaching ‘her’ 35th birthday, and on the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship. Candy has picked up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money. On the day of the dreaded birthday, Karl walks out – and it’s left to the two queens who live upstairs, Alvin and Jerry, to comfort Candy.
The director, Paul Cresser, writes: “The main character, Candy, must be played sympathetically and without caricature. It will require an actor who is comfortable in drag. As for Karl, there is an ambiguity to his sexuality that his homophobic language and violence tries to conceal.”
From Samuel French: “Tennessee Williams explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage.”