The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
September 9, 10, 11 & 12 1992
Daisy Pulls It Off
by Denise Deegan
1992 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Merit Award : for their energy and warmth especially the choreography of the hockey match and novel audience participation
Miss Trudy Nash – Daisy Meredith
Mrs. Joan Bearman – Mother
Miss Yvonne Chadwell – Monica Smithers
Miss Rebecca Brigden – Clare Beaumont
Miss Suzanne Courtney – Sybil Burlington
Miss Paula Dalton – Alice Fitzpatrick
Miss Karen Butcher – Trixie Martin
Mrs. Daphne Thornton – Miss Granville
Mrs. Margaret Ockenden – Miss Gibson [Headmistress]
Miss Charlotte Hall – Belinda Mathieson
Miss Jayne Field – Winnie Irving
Miss Hannah Collis – Dora Johnston
Mr. John Barham – Mr. Scoblowski
Mr. Barrie Bowen – Mr. Thompson
Director Assistant – Mrs. J. Roff
Director Assistant – Miss J. Redman
Wardrobe Co-ordination – Mrs. M. Faggetter
Set Design – Mr. A. Muzzall
Stage Manager – Miss S. Whittaker
Assistant Stage Manager – Miss J. Brown
Portraits Painter – Miss J. Berrill
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. B. Box
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. D. Collis
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. D. Comber
Set Construction & Painting – Mrs. M. Davy
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. M. Davy
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. R. Dawes
Set Construction & Painting – Mr. M. Flower
Set Construction & Painting – Mrs. F. Thorne
Set Construction & Painting – Miss S. Whittaker
Properties – Mrs. M. Davy
Properties – Mrs. F. Thorne
Continuity – Mrs. J. Roff
Lighting – Mr. P. Roberts
Effects – Mrs. J. Roff
Front of House Management – Mr. M. Flower
Front of House Management – Mr. G Illman
Front of House Management – Mrs. J Illman
Box Office – Miss. J. Redman
Publicity – Mr. A. Cregeen
Publicity – Mr. J. Boath
Publicity – Miss L. Clarke
Publicity – Mrs A. Donkin
Publicity – Mrs. J. Porter
Foyer & Theatre Display Photography – Mr. G. Laye
Foyer Flowers – Mrs. A. Laye
Programme Note #1: Daisy Pulls It Off
A Message from the Chairman of the Governors, Grangewood School.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all, parents and friends for supporting the school’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations and hope you enjoy this evening’s entertainment, especially prepared for you, by the girl of the Upper Fourth and members of the staff here at Grangewood.
It was a privilege to be able to watch rehearsals progress through to fruition and, along with my colleagues, Miss Redman (Vice-Chairman) and Mrs. Roff (Hon. Secretary), I feel that all their dedication and hard work deserves a jolly good pat on the back.
I should like to thank several members of staff for their sterling behind-the-scenes support: Art Mistress, Miss Berrill and Practical Craft Master, Mr. Collis (along with his team) for the decor and settings; Mr. Roberts (Science Master) – for lighting the whole event; Miss Whittaker (Games Mistress) for keeping general order; Mrs. Davy (School Secretary) for gathering together the various bits and pieces for the show – which I believe are called ‘properties’ by those theatrically-minded and all the girls and staff members who have helped in any way.
Before I end, I should like to extend my thanks to the two main benefactors of Grangewood – without whom this evening’s play could not have been made possible – Miss Angela Brazil and Mrs. Enid Blyton. These two people established role models upon which the spirit of Grangewood is firmly rooted – and we thank them for their legacy.
There is nothing left for me to say except that I hope you leave at the end of the evening tremendously thrilled by the performance and with our school motto ringing clearly in your ears –
HONESTA QUAM MAGNA – How Great are Noble Things
Mr. Antony Muzzall
(Chairman of the Board of Governors)”
A Message from the Girls of the Upper Fourth.
“We would like to thank just about everyone who helped us put this show together for being such jolly whizzing good eggs about everything. We hope you have a spiffing time as you watch our joyful japes, and enter into the spirit of the evening. We think it is all frightfully exciting and wish Grangewood another successful 25 years of scholastic and sporting achievements. Where would England and the Empire be if there were no longer Hockey Championships or Grangewood School for Girls?”
HONESTA QUAM MAGNA
The Upper Fourth
Publicity #1: Daisy Pulls It Off
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: September 4 issue – page 13
Text Header: “Hoping to pull in a crowd?”
A thoroughly spiffing time is in store at Southwick Community Centre’s Barn Theatre. Wick Theatre Company presents Denise Deegan’s comedy Daisy Pulls It Off from Wednesday [Sept 9] to Saturday at 7.45pm.
The schoolgirl novels of Angela Brazil influenced the play, which is set in 1927. The story follows the fortunes of super achiever Daisy Meredith, played by Trudy Nash. She seeks acceptance at the snobby Grangewood School for Young Ladies after moving on from an elementary school. Daisy’s sidekick Trixie, played by Karen Butcher, helps her chum through the trials and tribulations she encounters at her new school.
Wick Theatre Company newcomer Yvonne Chadwell takes the rôle of Monica, Daisy’s arch rival. She is joined by fellow actress Charlotte hall and Rebecca Brigden.
Director of the production is Anthony Muzzall. Wick Theatre Company is entering the show for the Brighton Full-length Drama Competition.
For tickets for the Barn Theatre show, contact the box office Brighton 597094.
Review #1: Daisy Pulls It Off
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: September 18 issue – page 11
Reviewer: Trevor Johnson
Text Header: “Wizard fun from these Wick ‘girls'”
THE ‘gels’ of Grangewood School really did show themselves to be decent sorts with their production of Daisy Pulls It Off last week. Denise Deegan’s send-up of the closed world of a girl’s public school was brought off superbly by the word perfect Wick Theatre Company.
The play tells the story of Dorothy Meredith, an annoyingly bright young girl who secures a place at Grangewood School on a scholarship. But the rest of the girls are at the elite establishment on their parents’ money, and don’t take kindly to Daisy’s kind. There’s a good deal of sorrow for Daisy as she is rejected by her peers, and also a plot about hidden treasure which tended to detract from the laughs in the second half.
Trudy Nash gave a strong performance as Daisy and there was first-rate support from Karen Butcher as her wearingly enthusiastic chum Trixie. Rebecca Brigden showed an excellent flair for comedy as Clare Beaumont, the dignified head girl adored by Daisy and Trixie. Needless to say, the vile Monica Smithers (snootily played by Yvonne Chadwell) eventually became best of friends with Daisy and things turned out .. well, wizard.
Full marks must go to all ‘gels’ in the crucial final hockey match scene which called for some nightmarish timing. There were some good touches, notably the way the stained-glass window emblazoning the school motto lit up mysteriously during the head-teacher’s inspiring talk. Also impressive were the details on the production side – public school attire donned by the Barn Theatre’s ushers and the amusing programme with a spoof message from a Grangewood governor.
Comment #1: Daisy Pulls It Off
Publisher: BRIGHTON & HOVE ARTS COUNCIL
Section: THE FULL-LENGTH DRAMA COMPETITION
Sub-Section: 1992 Drama Competition
Heading: Merit Award
To The Wick Theatre Company when staging Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan.
For their energy & warmth, especially the choreography of the Hockey Match & the novel audience participation.