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The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

March 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30, 1985.


by Marcella Maurette



Directed by
Betty Dawes


Ronald Cheesman – Boris Chernov, an ex-banker

Antony Muzzall – Piotr Petrovsky, an artist

Brian Moulton – Counsellor Drivinitz

Joan Bearman – Irina, the housekeeper

Neil Shephard – Prince Bounine

Hilary Wiltshire – Anna Broun

Daphne Thornton – A Charwoman

Alan Upton – A Sleigh Driver

Keith Denyer – Dr. Michail Syrensky

Jean Porter – The Dowager Empress of Russia

Margaret Ockenden – Baroness Livenbaum, her lady-in-waiting

Joy Talmage – Baroness Livenbaum, her lady-in-waiting [Thursday only]

David Creedon – Prince Paul


Production Crew

Producer – Betty Dawes

Designer – Ralph Dawes

Lighting Design – Frank Hurrell

Scenery Painting – Jill Hutchinson

Stage Manager – Frances Thorne

Stage Manager – Brian Box [Friday and Saturday]

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

Continuity – Daphne Thornton

Set Construction – Brian Box

Set Construction – David Comber

Set Construction – Michael Davy

Set Construction – Ralph Dawes

Set Construction – Mark Flower

Set Construction – Gillian Robertson

Stage Crew – Dave Collis

Stage Crew – Dave Comber

Stage Crew – Andrew Cook

Stage Crew – Nick Cook

Effects – Ian Naylor

Lighting Box Team – Jonathan Dawes

Lighting Box Team – Barrie Bowen

Lighting Box Team – Patrick Roberts

Figure of Byzantine Princess Designer & Painter – Marek Balinski

Emerald Necklace Designed & Made – Amanda Dawes

Icon & Russian Eagle Painter – Sandra Peaty

Throne Designed & Constructed – Ralph Dawes

F. O. H. Manager – Mark Flower

Box Office – Jill Redman

Foyer Decoration – Rosemary Biggs


Programme Note #1: Anastasia

Betty Dawes is a Founder Member of Wick and has been President for about ten years. Her achievements in Theatre have been numerous – from the infamous Emma Hornett in Sailor Beware to a fruity Widow Corney in Oliver. Betty is a keen member of The West Sussex County Players and also attends Lodge Hill Drama Weekends regularly to keep up to date with new ideas. Her wide experience in acting has led her increasingly towards directing for Wick [remember The Gingerbread Man?] and numerous Operas for Southwick Opera, including Il Trovatore. She also enjoys singing in the Chorus. After Anastasia, she directs Godspell at St,. Michael’s Church in July.

Jean Porter trained for the Theatre in Lincolnshire under Drury Lane Professional. Drama has been her main interest after her family and she gained an Honours Diploma on moving to Sussex and taught Speech and Drama. Jean has had considerable success as a Director of plays, such as My Fair Lady, but prefers to act, nominating Amanda in Private Lives and Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan among her favourite rôles. Last year Jean played the Aunt in Ring Round the Moon and says she must get out of the habit of playing old ladies! However, she loves to research any part she plays – the Romanovs providing a temptation she could not resist.

Hilary Wiltshire was the girl who put the ‘Kibosh on the Kaiser’ in Wick’s production of Oh! What a Lovely War in 1970. Since then she has played many memorable rôles for us such as Desdemona in Othello and Alais in The Lion in Winter. The Theatre has always been her great love and she is a dedicated perfectionist in all she does. She had a rest from the stage in the late ’70’s to have her three children and returned in 1983 to play Molly in Tom Jones. Hilary has also acted for Centre Stage, Lewes Little Theatre and Brighton Little Theatre.

Neil Shephard’s first appearance for Wick was in Boeing-Boeing in 1969, after which he acted with distinction in about fifteen plays culminating in a towering performance as Iago in Othello. He then went to Algeria to teach for three years, Neil approaches his rôles very professionally and since returning has appeared in many productions including Rebecca and Blithe Spirit. In 1983 he received the Best Actor Award in the Southwick Festival. For his venture into direction, he chose Anouih’s Ring Round The Moon, which was runner-up in the 1984 Brighton Festival and won the award for the best setting. Neil has also acted for the New Venture Club and Gemini Players.