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The Secret Rapture

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

August 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2003.

The Secret Rapture

by David Hare



Directed by
John Garland


Peta Taylor – Isobel Glass

Pat Lyne – Marion French [Isobel’s sister, a Conservative Junior Minister]

Bob Ryder – Tom French [Marion’s husband]

Katie Brownings – Katherine Glass [widowed step-mother to Marian & Isobel]

Philip Balding – Irwin Posner [Isobel’s partner]

Judith Berrill – Rhonda Milne [Marion’s PA]


Production Crew

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Technician – Janice Gooch

Sound Design & Operation – Simon Snelling

Technical Manager – Mike Medway

Stage Manager – Marc Lewis

ASM – Olive Smith

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

Costume Co-ordination – Cherry Briggs

Set Construction – Brian Box

Set Construction – Dave Comber

Set Construction – Dave Collis

Set Construction – Mike Davy

Set Construction – Marc Lewis

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Margaret Murrell

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown


Programme Note #1: The Secret Rapture

The Director writes; “The Secret Rapture like so many of David Hare’s plays, appears to have a political theme. Set in the ‘get-rich-quick’ 1980s., it explores the lengths people will go to in order to achieve their goals. The central character is one of absolute goodness, always trying to do the right thing. Those around her are quick to exploit this, manipulating her to their benefit. It is therefore ultimately a play about emotional blackmail and dysfunctional relationships.

The play seems to have echoes of my own life. When I first saw it I was part of the money-grabbing culture, working unhappily as a computer programmer. A few years later I took the part of Irwin, by which time I was training as a psychiatric nurse. It was a useful insight into the way another person’s behaviour affects another and became increasingly aware of the perils of trying to please others. Love turns to obsessive behaviour. Is Isobel the victim here, or does she bring fate upon herself?

I am extremely lucky to have had great support from both my cast and from behind the scenes for this, my Directorial debut at the Barn. I would, however, especially like to thanks Peta Taylor who saved the show by stepping in a short notice and who has been rehearsing every night since!”