The Tempest has come and gone, carried away on the winds of change (see what I did there – tempest, wind, wind, tempest…………….. oh never mind), and what a fantastic production it was.  Full of originality, sound and colour, with a stage full of talented actors, the play garnered praise from everyone who saw it.  To top it off, we’ve now got 3 nominations in this year’s Portsmouth News Guide Awards!  The entire production of The Tempest has been nominated for “Best Amateur Production”, whilst Sarah Ash (Prospera) and Susie Rowland (Ariel) have picked up nominations for “Best Amateur Actress”.  Huge congratulations to everyone involved, to Sarah and Susie, and to Aaron and David for creating and presenting such a wonderful piece.  Please get voting, it would fantastic to see the SSA pick up some awards – link here

To prove what a talented lot we are in the SSA, I must make mention of our members who have picked up nominations for work with other theatre companies in the area – Vin Adams and Nick Downes for Waiting for Godot, Katie Watson for Hedda Gabler and Faye Williams for Constellations.  A massive “well done” to you all.

Meanwhile back in SSA land, rehearsals have already begun for our March 2019 production of Besieged, Vin Adams’ original work about Portsmouth in the English Civil War.  It’s shaping up to be an excellent production, and tickets are already on sale, so please get buying.

On a final, year-ending note – it was great to see so many members at last week’s Christmas party, with several acts demonstrating acute comedy timing, finely tuned singing voices and a complete mastery of the crafts of magic (I may be exaggerating a tad here….).  A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who are in, who watch or who simply like the SSA.  It’s been a great year, and we’ll see you in 2019 for some 17th century shenanigans