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From March 2018…


We are entering two one-act plays into the Totton Drama Festival in March

Bully Beef and Whizzbangs – world premiere

Darlings, You Were Wonderful!

Performance dates

Totton Drama Festival – both plays will be performed on Tuesday 20th March 2018

We are planning a private rehearsal and feedback night for SUP members upstairs at The Frog & Frigate in Southampton on Wednesday14th March – and will also present the plays to audiences as a one-act showcase on Saturday 12th May at Barton Peveril College Theatre, Eastleigh.

Totton Drama Festival is part of the All England Theatre Festival (AETF). Further rounds:

7th April – Weymouth, Dorset (Southern and Mercia Division quarter final)
5th May – Shaftesbury, Dorset (Western area semi final)
7th June – English Final – Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
6th/7th July – British Final – University of Stirling, central Scotland

Bully Beef and Whizzbangs

Written and Directed by Chris Hawley

ww1The play is set in the battlefields of France during 1916. Smudger, a new arrival at the Front, is keen to shoot his first German whilst Harry is more interested in keeping his head down, thinking of home and enjoying his mug of tea.

Full of trench humour, WHIZZBANGS is a wry look at life in the trenches through the eyes of two reluctant heroes. Stuck in a hole, surrounded by mud and death, how will our boys cope with the ever present danger of being shot or blown to smithereens?
“Cheer up chum! The first seven years is the worst!”

We are hoping to take this play on a tour to selected venues including military sites, April-June 2018

Harry has been in France for two years. Married, Northern, worn out by the war, sarcastic. Smudger is a new recruit, Londoner, eager, a bit naive. Plus: OfficerChaplain  – Private.

Darlings, You Were Wonderful!

Written by Derek Lomas – Directed by Paul Cresser, SUP’s Secretary!

A comedy for women… The action takes place in the dressing room of a Little Theatre, where the Amazon Theatre Group is about to perform a little-known 17th century Spanish play in a drama festival: “The Well of Defilement” by Juan Ruiz de Aragon.

Dressing-RoomAmid multiple tensions and general chaos backstage, missing cast member Lesley staggers in, paralytically drunk and dressed in motorcycle gear.

Will the adjudicator be impressed by the seething passion of the cast – and with Lesley’s motorcycle regalia…?

Vanessa is the star of the show, stylish and immaculately turned out. Judy is playing an elderly retainer in the Spanish play, Welsh. Irene is producing the play, a bit of a drama queen (and tyrant). Eve and Liz are something of a double act. And Lesley arrives in the dressing room drunk…