Some You Win, Some You Lose

The recent Portsmouth News “Guide Awards” saw November’s SSA production of Loose Cannon nominated for Best Amateur Production, a fantastic accolade for an original piece of work written by members of the company themselves.  Although not succesful on the night, the team behind it can be justly proud of themselves.  Huge congratulations also to Vin Adams and Sarah Parnell, who were nominees, and to Leigh Cunningham, a winner on the night, for their rightful recognition.  Although these nominations were for work outside the SSA it’s lovely to see our members being lauded!  Finally a big well done to Sean Ridley, who got the Best Actor nod in the awards – Sean has worked with the SSA a number of times in the recent past and was also the goalkeeper for a 5 a side team that was (extremely) loosely linked to the SSA (and which is sadly no more)!

Rehearsals for our March production of Richard III are well under way and the production is shaping up very nicely.  Click here for more details and to get tickets – you really don’t want to miss it…………

Loose Cannon and Harlequinade

What a lovely way to round off our 70th anniversary year!  The productions of Loose Canon and Harlequinade were absolutely delightful, full of humour, pathos, timing and energy.  Huge congratulations to the cast and crew of both, it looked like you were having a lot of fun.  It’s just a shame that it means our company is over – as according to the folks in Loose Canon, our Will didn’t write any of the plays, so what’s the point of a Shakespeare company??

Anyway, we in the SSA never stand still, so time to look forward to our March 2018 production of Richard III at the Square Tower.  The important information that you need to know now is that the expo is on Wednesday 22nd November, 7.30pm, at HQ.  Rob Bartlett will be outlining his vision for bringing the ghastly Gloucester to life in full medieval splendour, so make sure you are there.  The auditions will follow on Sunday 26th and Wednesday 29th November, times tbc.

Now is the Winter of our Content………..

Whilst the casts of Loose Canon and Harlequinade rehearse their way towards November’s productions, news arrives of our next presentation – Richard III.  This wonderful play, directed by Rob Bartlett, will be at the Square Tower from Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th March, 2018, and Rob will be sharing his vision at the expo on Wednesday 22nd November, 19.30, at HQ.  The auditions will follow on Sunday 26th and Wednesday 29th November, times for which will be confirmed nearer the dates.  Rob is promising an authentic and visceral working of this classic text, so please come along and be part of it.

Whilst you are here, don’t forget to buy your tickets for November’s joint production.  You can already get tickets for Richard III as well!  How organised are we??

Three is the Magic Number!

Ok I’m biased, inevitably, but Conflicts, Seduction and Attempts On Her Life was a bit special.  It was one of those evenings where the SSA comes together at HQ and something great happens – in this case it was three experienced actors trying their hands at directing for the first time, and what the audience got was stillness, power, comedy, physicality, pathos, anger, lust, love, farce, all presented with a huge amount of thought about movement, timing and staging.  Massive congratulations to Courtney, Hazel and Mike for their directing debuts, and to their skilled cast members, all of whom contributed a huge amount to this fantastic evening.  Finally a big thank  you to Amy for pulling all this together, from the original idea pitched at committee through to this wonderful execution.

Feels Like The First Time

Our Summer Showcase evening is fast approaching – Thursday 31st August will see our 3 experienced actors demonstrating their directing skills for the first time.  Amy has been reaching out to the membership over Facebook and email for the past few weeks, so make sure you get your tickets for this fantastic members-only event

Here Comes The Summer!

The time may be right for lovin’, it may even be right for dancing in the street, but it is definitely right for acting!  Amy has been working hard on the Summer Showcase event, details of which are on this page – it all starts with the expo on Sunday 9th July, so don’t miss out.

Forever Autumn

Exciting news of our Autumn double header at the Station Theatre in November – the expo for Rattigan’s Harlequinade will be held on Thursday 15th June, click here for more details.  All are welcome, so be there to be part of our final birthday event.  There are also whispers that a certain Northern tyrant will be our focus in Spring 2018……………….. more to follow soon

Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday…………….

Our 70th birthday party, held in the Square Tower on Friday 5th May, was a wonderful event.  It was lovely to see so many members, old and new, and a real privilege to have our most senior member, Len Russell, cutting the birthday cake.  A huge thank you is due to Paula, Amy, Lauren and Bex for pulling it all together, and to our Chairperson, Terry, for his memorable words during the party.  Here’s to the next 70!

How Terribly Strange to be 70!

Well our 70th birthday year is in full swing.  First of all a huge bunch of congratulations to the cast and crew of Pericles, it was a great play with excellent reviews.  Being in the Square Tower again was lovely, it’s a building that adds such atmosphere to every production.  Our next main house production will be Rattigan’s Harlequinade, to be presented at the Station Theatre, Hayling Island in November, with an as-yet unnamed companion piece.  There will be more details on this in the next few weeks, so come back here to keep in touch.  To fill the gap between now and November we are looking to put on an evening of scenes directed by new directors, as we know there are many members who really want to try their hand at this in a safe and supported environment.  Word has already gone out to the membership about this event, so if you are interested, please respond asap.

Last but not least – Party!  We are having our 70th Birthday Party very soon, all the invitations have gone out and it promises to be a great night.  See you there!