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The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

October 6, 7, 8 & 9, 1993.


by Tom Stoppard

“Variety kept play moving along”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
George & Charles Porter


Bob Ryder – Henry Carr

Ralph Dawes – Bennett

Adrian Kenward – Tristan Tzara

David Creedon – James Joyce

Jo Chalk – Gwendolen

Judith Berrill – Cecily

Peter McGhie – Lenin

Joan Braddock – Nadya


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Frances Thorne

Lighting & Sound – Trevor Langley

Lighting & Sound – Andy Chalk

Set Design & Construction – Brian Box

Set Design & Construction – Dave Collis

Set Design & Construction – Dave Comber

Set Design & Construction – Mike Davy

Set Design & Construction – Ralph Dawes

Set Design & Construction – Mark Flower

Set Design & Construction – Frances Thorne

Set Design & Construction – Sheila Neesham

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Margaret Faggetter

Wardrobe – Jane Porter

Additional Costumes – Utopia

Continuity – Margaret Ockenden

Choreography – Jane Porter

Music – Nick Ryder

Publicity – Judith Atkinson

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Ann Donkin

Publicity – Jean Porter

Photography – George Laye

Box Office – Jill Redman

Front of House Manager – Margaret Murrell

Foyer Flowers – Audrey Laye


Programme Note #1: Travesties

GP wrote: “Travesties is one of the finest plays written by Tom Stoppard, one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights. When first staged in 1974 it won the Evening Standard [a London paper: web ed] award for Best Play, with John Wood collecting the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Henry Carr.

Most of the play is under the erratic control of Old Henry Carr’s memory which is not notably reliable. His recollections tend to ‘jump the rails’ occasionally and are coloured by his own prejudices and delusions. Stoppard skillfully uses this device to keep the action moving at a rapid pace, switching from one comic scene to another just when it suits him. You will see scenes in more varied styles than would seem possible in one play. Clive James described watching Travesties as ‘like drinking champagne’; tonight we hope to show you why.

This production is our entry for the 1993 Brighton Full Length Drama Festival. We are pleased to welcome Jan Wagstaff who will be giving a public adjudication after the Friday performance.”