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The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

June 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2004.


Home

by David Storey

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“This piece was exquisite”
– Shoreham Herald –

 

Directed by
John Garland

Cast

Derek Fraser – Harry

David Goodger – Jack

Rosemary Mose – Kathleen

Joan Bearman – Marjorie

John Garland – Alfred

 

Production Crew

LightingJanice Gooch

Sound Design & OperationSimon Snelling

Technical ManagerRyan Lainchbury

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

ASMOlive Smith

CostumeCherry Briggs

Workshop TeamMike Davy

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamMarc Lewis

Workshop TeamBrian Box

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityJudith Berrill

 

Programme Note #1: Home

John Garland wrote in the programme; “When I was asked to direct this play, I thought it might be a little too close to home for me to be objective. However, throughout the rehearsal period, I have become aware of the hidden depths of the piece and the wonderful writing style of the author. The five residents that we meet may not have anything particularly original to say but the poignancy of their situation, and the strategies that they employ to cope with it, gives a fascinating snapshot of their lives. For this I am very grateful to my cast who have worked extremely hard to master the text and get under the skins of the characters. Much rehearsal time has been spent exploring what makes the tick and I hope this shows in the end result.

The days of large scale institutions have now passed, but we should remember that the original purpose was to provide a place of safety for those too vulnerable to live in the outside world. Although I staunchly advocate the benefits of community care, I feel we should never forget the generation of people for whom the asylum really did become a “Home”.

 


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