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Dandy Dick

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

May 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2001.

Dandy Dick

by Arthur Wing Pinero

“Did full justice”
– Words & Music –


Directed by
Olive Smith


Hugh Hemmings – The Very Reverend Augustin Jedd, DD

Judith Berrill – Salome [his daughter]

Katalin Szeless – Sheba [his daughter]

Margaret Ockenden – Georgiana Tidman [his sister]

Peter Thompson – Blore [Butler at the Deanery]

David Goodger – Sir Tristram Mardon, Bart.

Ralph Dawes – Hatcham [his groom]

Phil Balding – Major Tarver [Officer quartered at Durnstone, near St Marvells]

John Garland – Mr. Darby [Officer quartered at Durnstone, near St Marvells]

Ray Hopper – Noah Topping [Constable at St Marvells]

Diane Robinson – Hannah Topping [previously Cook at the Deanery]


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Marc Lewis

Assistant to the Director – Betty Dawes

Lighting – Mike Medway

Sound – Simon Snelling

Set Building – David Comber

Set Building – Dave Collis

Set Building – Brian Box

Set Building – Mike Davy

Set Building – Marc Lewis

Set Building – Mark Flower

Set Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Painting – Frances Thorne

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe Team – Sheila Neesham

Wardrobe Team – Margaret Pierce

Wardrobe Team – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe Team – Adrian Kenward

Press & Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Press & Publicity – Frances Thorne

Press & Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Press & Publicity – Judith Berrill

Front of House Co-ordinator – Valerie Bray

Front of House Managers – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House Managers – Frank Child

Front of House Managers – Peter Harrison

Front of House Managers – Antony Muzzall

Box Office – Margaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: Dandy Dick

Pinero and His Plays – from an introduction by Denys Blakelock: “Arthur Wing Pinero was a past master at creating comedy situations and entertaining lines. His specially written plays for the Old court theatre The Magistrate in 1885 and The Schoolmistress in 1886 began his long successful career as a comic dramatist and were followed in 1887 by Dandy Dick which ran for 171 performances at the Royal Court and another 75 when it was transferred to Toole’s Theatre.

Pinero wrote with great carefulness and scrupulous attention to detail. He was reputed to take the best part of a year over a play before it satisfied him. He brought to his writing a special gift for delineation of character and the suggestion of a fundamental reality underlying the extravagances of the convention. This talent of giving his characters an essential core of truth has the effect of keeping the wild improbability of the situations he creates JUST within the bounds of our acceptance!”

The Director understands that character of Noah Topping was inspired by the rural constable of a village adjacent to Brighton – but hasn’t yet discovered which one!