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Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

April 28, 29, 30 – May 1 & 2, 1981.

Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

by Frank Norman – lyrics by Lionel Bart



Directed by
Brian Moulton


Ralph Dawes – Fred Cochran

Frances Moulton – Lily Smith

Betty Dawes – Paddy

Barry Bowen – Sgt. Collins

Miranda Bowen – Policewoman

Richard Loader – Police Constable

Wendy Picott – Betty

Sally Bacon – Rosey

Neil Shephard – Tosher

Douglas Tucker – Redhot

Miranda Bowen – The Brass Upstairs

Antony Muzzall – Horace Seaton

Peter Joyce – Percy Fortesque

Sally Pumford – Myrtle

Robin Lee, Jim Biggs, Dave Collis, Richard Loader – Gamblers

Antony Muzzall – Norman

Clive Ford – Teddy Boy

Caroline Ockenden, Sarah Ockenden – Teddy Girls

Sally Pumford – A ‘Mystery’

Robin Lee – A Priest


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Brian Moulton

Front of House – John King

Assistant SM – Jill Redman

Assistant SM – Margaret Davy

Assistant SM – Sue Whittaker

Lighting – Frank Hurrell

Scenery & Programme – Antony Muzzall

Workshop Manager – Brian Moulton

Musical Director – Patrick Johnson

Piano – Myra Gristwood

Guitar – Chris Denman

Percussion – Jonathon Dawes

Costumes – Pat Moss

Dance Sequences – Miranda Bowen

Box Office – Barrie Bowen


Programme Note #1: Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

BM wrote: “In the normal theatre the true cockney is largely ignored or relegated to the supporting rôle of the maid or butler, usually introduced for comic effect. This play, by Frank Norman, is an attempt to portray, albeit lightly, the seamier side of the London underworld.
We hope we will not shock you with some of the situations and language and that you will enjoy this play in performance as much as we have in rehearsal.”