SUP Theatre Company present
Lilies On The Land
by the Lions part
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th July 2022
Suitable for all ages, this is a great family show in the beautiful setting of Furzey Gardens. Bring a picnic!
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During World War II, Britain’s men answered the call to arms and joined the Army , Navy and Air Force. This left the farms and factories without a sufficient workforce. The Women’s Land Army was formed to fill this gap on the farms, and women from all over the country, from all walks of life answered the call.
Lilies on the Land follows the journey of four women in particular, as they undertake backbreaking work and long hours, supporting the War effort. These four women deal with the challenges with determination, fortitude and most of all, humour.
Each has their own story to tell, ranging from tractor driving, calf – birthing and much more. These women are feisty, funny and forthright. They share their experiences with humour, honesty and character.
This is a visual production , using physical techniques to bring the stories to life.
Based on 150 letters and interviews with original Land Girls, along with songs from the period, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest unsung heroes.
This is an outdoor production at Furzey Gardens, School Lane. Minstead, near Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7GL. The show will run whatever the British weather throws at us!
Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th July 2022 – 7.00pm
Ticket prices: £14
BOOK TICKETS HERE
TOTTON FESTIVAL OF DRAMA 2021:
a one act comedy play by Robin Johnson
Stitched Up is a darkly comic meta dissection of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. It starts with Dr Frankenstein recounting his experiences as a mad scientist – interrupted by the bickering Creature, a French peasant, a mad professor… and the Bride of Frankenstein. Each character retells their part of the story from their own perspective and tries to justify their place in the canon.
We hope to perform this in June at Hanger Farm Arts Centre – the festival does have backup plans for a filmed performance under festival conditions.
COMING IN OCT/NOV 2021
“Spooky, sophisticated and silly in equal measures”
Night of the Living Dead™ Live is a comedic re-imagining of George A. Romero’s classic film, which was produced at a time of incredible social and political upheaval. More than just a re-creation of the story, the play also celebrates the history and influence of the movie.
It is uncertain what will happen regarding guidelines for social distancing, the availability and practicalities of audition and rehearsal spaces. We are now planning to present this play in Oct/Nov 2021 – watch this space!
FOR THE FALLEN 2: HOME FRONT
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 the short videos 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 was written and compiled by Stephen Fenerty
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, LEPE COUNTRY PARK and EASTLEIGH REMEMBERS festival
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 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!
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
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.
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…?