** Mayor's Combined Concert
Dynamo teamed up with Havant
Light Opera to perform a delightful
musical evening in aid of the
Mayor's charities in the Council
Chamber at Havant Civic Centre.
A selection of numbers from Raise
It Up, by Dynamo, was
interspersed with a complete rendition
of Trial By July
by HLO. The evening ended with
both groups joining together to
perform popular numbers from Pirates
Both groups declared that they
had very much enjoyed working
with, and learning from, the other.
Around £1000 was raised
in aid of the mayor's charities.
The pictures were taken during
Andrew, Tony,Mo and everyone
you very much for performing
with us (HLO) at the Mayor's
Charity Concert. We greatly
enjoyed the two rehearsals
we had together and your
concert items were outstanding!
HLO thoroughly enjoyed the
combined 'Pirates' and really
admired your vitality and
hope you all agree it was
great fun and perhaps we
could join forces again
some time in the future!
very best wishes from
Cathy Hales and all members
of Havant Light Opera
letter in the Portsmouth
I had the pleasure of attending
a combined charity concert
featuring Havant Light Opera
and Dynamo Youth Theatre
at the council chambers
in support of the Mayor
of Havant's Charity Appeal
I would like to congratulate
both groups on a brilliant
performance featuring songs
from modern musicals and
extracts from Gilbert and
Sullivan. In particular
the finale, in which both
groups combined to give
a rendition of Pirates of
Penzance, was brilliant.
This was a truly inter-generational
effort bringing together
people of all ages and from
all parts of the borough.
Sue Heather, Southsea.
14/11/09 ** Dynamo
A team of Committee members won this year's
Cancer Quiz at St Faith's Hall for the 7th
time. The first team ever to score 100 points.
So, a bunch of know-alls then, and conceited
Over £600 was raised during the evening.
1/11/09 ** Raise It
A one-night musical concert, conceived and
organised by member Harry Atlee was enjoyed
by a full house at the United Reformed church
in Havant. 204 tickets were sold and, with
other donations, raised over £1200, after
a donation to the church. It was a sell-out.
Magnificent effort both musically and organisationally
from Harry Atlee! More
1/10/09 ** DYT at
the Havant Literary Festival
On Sunday 27 September the
older members of the Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre
enjoyed the wonderful experience of working
with Stella Duffy, wonderfully versatile actor,
comedienne, author and director.
The day began at 10.30am
with introductions and warm up, and over the
following hours Stella led 19 young people
through a workshop that challenged, encouraged
and developed them beyond their expectations.
In the evening an audience comprising of the
Mayor of Havant (Councillor Jackie Branson),
parents and supporters enjoyed a very entertaining
performance of improvisation and inspiration.
Stella Duffy commented that
the idea of working with so many young people
had filled her with trepidation but had proved
to be wonderfully rewarding. Andrew Bowker,
artistic director of DYT with over 30 years
experience of teaching drama, thanked Stella
for providing a workshop which had filled
him with awe. Andrew also thanked the organisers
of the Havant Literary Festival for providing
such a wonderful opportunity for the young
people of DYT that the group would not have
been able to afford.
The evening concluded with
a few words from the Mayor of Havant, Councillor
Jackie Branson, who said " What is good
about Havant? ………. There is only one answer,
Dynamo Youth Theatre". The Mayor further
commented that it was a pleasure to see the
young people enjoying such a wonderful experience.
The general consensus amongst
the young members of DYT was that the day
had been "amazing" and "fantastic
fun". Clearly a good day was enjoyed
Stella commented favourably
Commenting on Havant Literary Festival, Counsellor
Jackie Branson, Mayor of Havant, said:
'The whole festival has been a great success.
I've been to many events, but the standout
has to be the workshop which Stella Duffy
ran with Dynamo Youth Theatre. At the end
they put on an improvised 45-minute show which
Stella Duffy with
Dynamo (click to enlarge)
22/9/09 ** Dynamo
at the Royal Court Theatre and on into the
Dynamo was approached earlier in the summer
to provide a sound effect for a new production
called Jerusalem which opened at the
Royal Court Theatre in London. The
Company and a number of brave Committee members,
sang a Cornish folk song which was recorded
and provides an atmospheric background during
one of the scenes.
This was a completely new experience for
Dynamo -- learning and rehearsing the song
in a couple of hours and singing it unaccompanied,
repeatedly until Ian Dickinson, the Sound
Manager for the production was happy he had
a good take. Recording the same song over
and over without losing concentration attracted
compliments from Ian who described Dynamo
as "a tightly knit, well disciplined
group" who he had enjoyed working with.
The production was very well received by
the critics and audiences and will be transferring
to the West End shortly. Our name features
in both the programmes and in the now-published
Another first for Dynamo!
9/4/09 ** Waitrose
Dynamo Youth Theatre has been chosen as one
of the three ‘good causes’ for the month of
April by Waitrose in Havant as part
of their Community Matters project.
If you shop in Waitrose in Havant
you will be given a green token at the checkout
to place in your chosen ‘good cause’. Please
can you encourage as many people as you know
to post their token in the slot for DYT. The
number of tokens we receive dictates how much
of the share of £1000 will be received by
DYT. Please tell any family, friends or work
colleagues in the area
** Oxfam Fundraising by Dielle Lodrick (Assistant
Musical Director for 'Bombed Out')
"My band DiElle
is having a Tour Launch Party on 28th March
at The Centurion Pub (which has changed
hands now and is very nice!), Waterlooville,
doors open 7.30pm. There will be live music
(some of which supplied by myself and my
act:) and disco til late, hosted by James
Morgan of Express FM. Entry is free, and
fundraising will take place at the event."
** Matthew Kenny wins photography prize.
Well done. Read about it
** Dynamo basks in autumn sunshine …..
Click picture to
On Saturday 27th September Dynamo Youth
Theatre gave two performances as part of
the highly successful Havant Literary Festival.
Directed on this occasion by Fiona Fairhurst,
an ex-DYT member, the group performed a
medley of songs from musicals that DYT have
performed in recent years. The company attracted
good crowds in their prime location next
to St. Faith's Church in the centre of Havant
on a busy shopping day. Blessed by wonderful
sunshine the performances were marked by
a particularly moving rendition of the DYT
signature song "One Pride One People" performed
in the afternoon before a crowd that included
the song's composer, John Gleadall.
13/8/08 ** Prize
singer has them all bowled over
By Elise Brewerton - The
young baritone has been named young person
of the year for his outstanding singing
Jay Jupe has wowed audiences when taking
to the stage to perform the kind of songs
reserved for older and much more experienced
The 14-year-old Park Community School
pupil, from Leigh Park, had already earned
a reputation for being a complete professional.
But when members of Havant Rotary Club
saw him perform at last year's More Music
Madness concert they were bowled over.
The club has now made him its inaugural
winner of The Lamont Young Person of the
Year Award. Jay said: 'I was absolutely
gobsmacked when I heard I had got this
award. It's very honouring to be named
young person of the year by the Rotary
club.' John Gleadall, director of music
at Jay's school, said: 'Jay was a shy
and retiring pupil who has blossomed through
the medium of singing.' His singing coach
regards Jay as a once-in-a-life-time pupil;
he has the singer's gift but also works
Recently Jay has appeared on stage at
Chichester Festival Theatre in the critically
acclaimed first performance of Bombed
Out and as Officer Krupke in West Side
Story performed at the Havant Arts Centre.
It was at last November's More Music
Madness in the Kings Theatre, Southsea,
that he first came to the eye of Havant
Rotary Club. Rotary member Eve Fuller
said: 'The young, confident Jay commanded
the stage and moved the audience with
the maturity and depth of his baritone
voice. It was indeed a moving occasion,
and we wish him every success for the
future. We are delighted Jay is the inaugural
recipient of The Lamont Young Person of
the Year Award.'
Jay is no stranger to winning top awards
and wowing judges. Earlier this year he
won the Chairman's Cup for his performance
of Old Man River at Portsmouth Music Festival.
And, along with a group of classmates,
he was highly commended in the BBC Schools
Report Scheme award, and their work was
shown on BBC News 24.
08 ** Sam Gibbs - fundraiser
Sam Gibbs enlisted the help of his mother
and aunt to raise money for Dynamo. They
collected stuff from friends and took a
stall at the Lawns Car Boot Sale in Waterloville.
They withstood the rain and raised £40.
** Fundraising in the Himalayas
More fundraising by Dynamo
members, this time as Sea Scounts. Ben
Rigsby and Jake Elsbury are mountaineering
and raising funds for the Royal British
Legion. They return to U.K. on 29th July.
The News article
2008 ** London trips recalled
Yasmin Langley recounts
her experiences of Trips
to London with Dynamo
** Dynamo contributes to successful fundraising
Ross Cobbold repeated
his success last year in this year's Spotlight
fundraising show, contributing with
Alice Mayhead and Abi Jeffery.
**The Set for 'Alice' Takes Shape
Nick, Ivor and Bruce
discuss practicalities while
Steve paints a tree stump.
Some of the construction
Steve, Nick, Ivor, Terry, Phil,