22-25 January – NST Campus
Adapted by Mike Kenny Directed by Paul Green
Marking the 50th anniversary of the much-loved film version, SUP returned with this acclaimed production of E. Nesbit’s classic story of an Edwardian family forced to relocate to rural Yorkshire.
“Adults and children alike are enthralled by the clever mix of imagination and reality” – Financial Times
“Glorious adaptation… it never for a moment runs out of steam” – Guardian
ROYAL VICTORIA COUNTRY PARK on 6th May, and the ‘Lepe Into History’ festival at LEPE COUNTRY PARK on Saturday 1st June
GHOST STORY by Mark Ravenhill – directed by Troy Chessman
AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS by Tennessee Williams – directed by Paul Cresser
Double-bill of comedy murder mysteries – October 2018
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
A Jolly Sinister Jape by Elliot Strange
May 2019 double-bill – Rose Theatre, Eastleigh
SUP WINS THE 40th TOTTON FESTIVAL OF DRAMA 2018
SUP entered two one-act plays into the Totton Drama Festival in March 2018
WINNER: Best Play, Best Actor (Stephen Fenerty), Best Original Script (Chris Hawley), Technical Achievement for set, lighting and sound
Bully Beef and Whizzbangs – a world premiere – then went through to the All England Theatre Festival quarter finals in Weymouth (Southern and Mercia Division) and won that too – then competed in the AETF national semi finals in Dawlish, coming a close second (by one point!)
Plus nomination – Best Actress: Darlings, You Were Wonderful!
More details on the plays…
Bully Beef and Whizzbangs
Written and Directed by Chris Hawley
The 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!”
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.
Amid 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…?