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And So To Bed

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

May 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26, 1984.

And So To Bed

by J. B. Fagan

“Colourful day in diary!”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Jean Porter


Clare Readman – Sue

Christopher Naylor – Boy to Pepys

Robin Lee – Samuel Pepys

Joan Bearman – Doll

Hilary Wiltshire – Mrs. Knight

Mark Flower – Watchman

Sally Bacon – Julia

David Davison – Pelling

Neil Shephard – Pelham Humfrey

Martin Cramp – William Caesar

Miranda Bowen – Mrs. Pepys

Pat Moss – Mrs. Pierce

Margaret Faggetter – Mrs. Knepp

Gillian Robertson – Lettice

Keith Denyer – Prodgers

David Creedon – Charles ll


Production Crew

Producer – George Porter

Composer of Original Music – Patrick Johnson

Musician – Margaret Ockenden

Musician – Lara Bowen

Musician – Patrick Johnson

Stage Manager – Frances Thorne

A.S.M. – Margaret Davy

A.S.M. – Susan Whittaker

A.S.M. – Daphne Thornton

A.S.M. – Sheila Wright

A.S.M. – David Comber

A.S.M. – Brian Box

A.S.M. – Mark Flower

Lighting Design – Frank Hurrell

Sound Effects – Barrie Bowen

Stage Design – Ralph Dawes

Set Construction – Ralph Dawes, Ron Cheesman, Workshop Team

Costumes Designed & Made – Pat Moss

Wigs & Hairstyles – Frances Moulton

Wardrobe – Jill Redman

Make-up – Betty Dawes, Ralph Dawes

Front of House – George Penney

Box Office – Nicolas Thorne

Foyer Decor – Muriel Stanford


Programme Note #1: And So To Bed

JP wrote “Pepys Diary is one of the wonders of the English literature. This delightful play gives us one day in 1669 as Samuel Pepys, patriotic Englishman, secretary to the Navy, tireless worker, lover of music and alas, lover of beautiful women – might have spent it.

Here we have a completely rounded, very human character, very aware of the weakness of the State, his King and himself. The women are charming and the episode with Charles ll is full of colour, humour and captures the flavour of the ‘merry Monarch’.

You will not fail to be charmed by Patrick Johnson’s songs, composed specifically for this play and by Pat Moss’s colourful costumes.”


Programme Note #2: And So To Bed

“About this play; In this production we welcome some talented young newcomers to the company – Clare Readman, Gillian Robertson, Christopher Naylor, David Davison and Martin Cramp. The strength of any society in the long term lies with the young up and coming members and we are always happy when young people join us.

Robin Lee, after taking several character parts with the company is playing Samuel Pepys, his first leading rôle with Wick. As Samuel Pepys is one of his heroes, he has entered into the part with great enthusiasm.

We are also pleased that Hilary Wiltshire is back on the Barn Stage in a major rôle. Many of you may remember her Desdemona in Othello, in 1975.

And David Creedon makes one of his all too rare appearances as Charles ll; David last acted with Wick in 1980 as Tony Lumkin in She Stoops to Conquer.

Samuel Pepys was a musician and our cast have been enjoying themselves rehearsing Patrick Johnson’s music with the help of Margaret Ockenden and Lara Bowen, with their flageolets and recorders. ”