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!
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!
New photos from November’s As You Like It and September’s Murder in the Cathedral are now available on the SSA Gallery page – so go and have a look!
Well the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards proved to be a bit of a big night last Friday. All our nominees came out as winners – Andy Thomas and Rob Bartlett for “Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play” (joint winners), Susie Coutts for “Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play”, Penelope Ping for “Best Supporting Actress in a Shakespeare Play” and Nick Downes for “Best Director of a Shakespeare Play”. All of these awards were for the wonderous A Winter’s Tale.
The cast of A Winter’s Tale have only got a few weeks to get their tuxedos and sparkly frocks dry cleaned though, ready for March’s awards bash with our new friends at Curtain Up South. Congratulations again to Andy, Penelope, Susie and Nick for their second nominations, and a big welcome to the list for Lara Cooper-Chadwick, who gets herself a “Best Actress” nomination. The play itself is up for “Best Production”.
The rehearsals for Pericles are now well underway, so get your tickets soon. Click on this link for more details
It’s the last post of the year, and what a lot to there is to write about.
Let’s start with a huge ‘well done’ to Paula, Ellen and all the cast and crew of As You Like It – what a hugely joyful show, full of light, laughter and music – a real treat.
The SSA is closing the year in style, by picking up 5 nominations for April’s A Winter’s Tale in the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards. Congratulations to Andy Thomas and Rob Bartlett for their “Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play” nominations, Susie Coutts for her “Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play” nomination, Penelope Ping for her “Best Supporting Actress in a Shakespeare Play” nomination, and Nick Downes for his “Best Director of a Shakespeare Play” nomination. The awards ceremony is on the 27th January, so fingers crossed for all of you.
Cabin Pressure is making a welcome return for a Christmas special, this Monday, 19th December, at 7.30pm in HQ. This is a members only event and you do need tickets – so hopefully all of you responded to Mr Bartlett’s kind offer via the SSA Facebook page. If you’re coming, remember your Christmas jumpers and your singing voices, as we’ll be rounding off the evening with a few Christmas classics.
Finally, let’s look forward to 2017, our big “7 0” year. Pericles is being cast as we speak, ready for an April production, and plans are being drawn up for the rest of the year. I’m hearing a couple of big beast Shakespeares, potentially a Rattigan, some in-house productions, and maybe even a party! Keep your eyes on this website and on our Facebook page for more details
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you out there in SSA land.
November promises to be an exciting month. Our psychedelic production of As You Like It is next week, at the fantastic Station Theatre on Hayling Island. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, first take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror, and then follow this link to buy them. Paula, Ellen and the Arden crew will be closing the 2016 season in style, and you really don’t want to miss that!
2017 is the 70th year of the SSA, a really fine achievement for a wonderful company, and we will open our platinum season at the Square Tower in April, with Pericles, Prince of Tyre. All the details are on the Future Productions page, and co-directors Nick Downes and Vin Adams are looking for a big cast, especially (but certainly not limited to) young people in their teens and early twenties. There is also an opportunity to learn the dark arts of directing as Nick and Vin, big beasts of the SSA, are looking for an assistant director to, well, assist. Get in touch with them now if you are interested.
Geddit? As You Like It is the play, Hair is a famous 60s musical and the production is set in the 60s, I Like It was a hit for famous 60s band Gerry and the Pacemakers – too subtle? Ah well – what I’m trying to say is we are on the final countdown to our November production of As You Like It at the Station Theatre on Hayling Island, starting Wednesday 9th November. Tickets are selling fast, so get on to the Station Theatre website now so you don’t miss out – it’s sure to be a psychedelic blast from the past!
As You Like It comes hot on the heels of Murder In The Cathedral, which was performed over 2 nights at Portsmouth Cathedral in the first weekend of October. It was a fantastic production in a very atmospheric setting, which sold out on both nights a week before the run. Huge congratulations to director Lauren Farnhill, and all the cast. Lauren’s talented hubby John took a load of rehearsal photographs which capture the spirit of the play – click here for the gallery.
Congratulations to Matt and the cast of Songologues for a sell out run last week – full houses every night and lovely reviews – what more could you ask?
As Summer ends we are moving into our exciting Autumn season, starting with Murder In The Cathedral at the start of October and then moving on to As You Like It in November. Follow the links to get details of the days, times, venues and tickets for both of these productions, and make sure you don’t miss out!
Tickets are now available from Ticketsource for Songologues vIII: The Big Screen Edition, Dates are Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st August plus Thursday 1st September, all 7.30pm, all at the lovely Rosie’s Vineyard in Elm Grove, Southsea. Prices are £10.00 (standard) and £8.00 (concessions inc students and OAPs), and don’t forget to enjoy the delights of Rosie’s vinous and gastronomic menu beforehand!
In all my years of being in the SSA, I don’t think I’ve ever known such a busy time! Matt and his team are hard at work rehearsing for Songologues v3: The Big Screen Edition at the end of August, Lauren is deep in the detail of our early October production of Murder In the Cathedral, and Paula and Ellen are getting ready to start on As You Like It, ready for November’s production at Hayling’s Station Theatre. All three productions are fully cast, which says a great deal about the strength in depth we have at the moment. It’s going to be a fantastically creative Summer for all of us, followed by three hugely promising productions, so be sure you don’t miss out!