The Spring is proud to support local amateur theatre companies including:
Bench Theatre is a thriving, award-winning amateur theatre company based in Havant since 1969, and currently at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre.
We produce at least five shows a year, covering everything from ancient Rome to the present day. In the last eighteen months alone we have presented work by Caryl Churchill, Lucy Kirkwood, Hugh Whitemore, William Shakespeare, David Mamet and a panto by our own Mark Wakeman.
We have a large and enthusiastic membership, but amateurs need an occasional break, so to sustain our ambitious programming we are always happy to welcome new members, to perform, to work backstage, to design and to help with the technical side of production.
In summer 2016 we are presenting Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn (July) and Habeas Corpus (September), both large cast plays that would be an ideal opportunity for new members to join. Auditions are open to anyone who wishes to join the company; membership is by subscription, payable once a part has been achieved. In addition to our performances, we meet twice a month as a company for practical workshops, play readings, discussions and the occasional quiz.
Please visit our website for more details.
Dynamo Youth Theatre
Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre is an award-winning amateur youth theatre company based in Havant since it’s formation in 1985, meeting at The Pallant Centre, The Pallant, Havant, Monday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30.
Our membership age range is 11 – 18 year olds, taking part in workshop sessions and rehearsals for upcoming shows. We normally perform three shows a year with at least one being performed at The Spring. These vary from well-known pieces, to new and innovative home grown productions.
We have a large and enthusiastic membership, with a capacity of 65. We always welcome new members so please see our website for more details. Being run as a purely volunteer charity group we would also welcome any help with the back stage and technical sides of producing a show.
In summer 2016 we are presenting ‘The Roses of Eyam’ by Don Taylor (July) at St. Faiths Church, Havant and ‘Find Me’ by Olwen Wymark (September) at The Spring
Membership is by subscription, payable three times a year.
Please visit our website for more details.
Havant Light Opera
Havant Light Opera was founded in 1978 by a group of Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts, and today we flourish with an enthusiastic membership of around 35.
We sing a variety of mainly, but not exclusively, light music and we are now the only musical theatre society in the area specialising in the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, which maintain enduring appeal and popularity throughout the English speaking world.
We generally produce two shows a year at The Spring. Our summer production in late June or early July is usually a Gilbert & Sullivan opera. Our Christmas production in late November or early December is usually a musical playlet, cantata, pantomime or the like with a seasonal flavour, together with carols and Christmas music.
Our forthcoming production plans include Mr Rodgers & Mr Hammerstein, a ‘home-grown’ musical compilation for December 2016, and HMS Pinafore for June/July 2017.
We also put on concerts for various charities, churches and other worthy applicants, and carol singing sessions at Christmastide. We occasionally do concerts abroad and the society has a long standing relationship with a Maltese choir involving periodic exchange visits and joint concerts.
We rehearse most Monday evenings throughout the year at The Spring 7.30 to 10.00 pm, but generally taking a break in late July, August, and late December.
We welcome new members both to sing and perform, and also people to help with backstage, front of house and the myriad of activities needed to put on a show. We generally suggest that prospective new members come and sing with us for a few weeks to see how they get along before joining formally. Drop in on a Monday evening.
Havant Light Opera is a company limited by guarantee (Registration No. 6831229) and a registered charity (No. 1133395)
Please visit our website for further information and contact details.
Formed in 1992, HumDrum consists of people from the Portsmouth region who were seeking an innovative, experimental theatre company in the local area. Although many existing groups would have satisfied some member's requirements, none can satisfy all. Though this can never be an integral part of the company's policy, it has helped pave the way towards more reachable goals.
HumDrum has three main aims: to bring under-performed works into the area; to present familiar works in a new or unusual manner and to develop the artistic skills of its members.
The members of HumDrum voted to adopt a formal structure in September 1999. This is based around an Executive Committee of nine people, who are responsible for the artistic needs, group organisation and financial aspects of the company.
Each of the positions of the Executive Committee are filled following a vote by the company's members in April each year. Membership of HumDrum is subject to a nominal annual charge.
HumDrum will be looked after during 2014 / 2015 by the following people:
Audience Development Sam Sampson
Director (Membership) James George
Director (Performance) Caz Gilmore
Fundraising Kerrie Davey and Kerri Jeffrey
Producer Darren Gilmore
Production Co-coordinator Karen Fisher
Secretary Sally Evans