The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
October 4, 5, 6 & 7 [+mat] 2017
by Noël Coward
Adapted by Emma Rice
Hazel Starns – Laura
James Newton – Alec
Elena Markham – Myrtle
David Peaty – Albert
Kate McGann – Beryl
Ben Pritchard – Stanley
Adrian Kenward – Stephen
Ryan Etherington – Fred
Adrian Kenward – Bill
Matt Arnold – Johnnie
Samantha Holland – Mary
Andrea Jones – Hermione
Judith Berrill – Dolly
Derek Fraser – Usher – Ensemble – Bobby
Colleen Gale – Usher – Ensemble
Andrea Jones – Usher – Ensemble
Caron Riley – Usher – Ensemble
Jenny White – Usher – Ensemble – Margaret
Brief Encounter is not a play about trains … but the very reason our ‘would-be’ lovers, Alec and Laura meet – and the things that most threaten them are; trains … train schedules, trains going in opposite directions, trains rushing by, and poignant partings in a … train station café.
There is a link too, between trains and the movies; we sit constrained in our seats and watch out of the window, or at the screen, at scenes flashing by, like life.
Mention Brief Encounter to anyone and what they remember is the famous 1945 movie with Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, and that is set in a train station refreshment room.
Our production, which was adapted for the stage by Kneehigh Theatre company, has a cast of 17 talented actors and, although it has the wonderful, heart wrenching story of Alec and Laura at its core, it is ultimately a funny, multi-media, high energy production, set mostly in the train station refreshment room.
Film features largely in this production, to show what it is in Laura’s imagination and mind, but it also allows us to show the couple playfully enjoying their relationship.