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The Darling Buds of May

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

May 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2005.

The Darling Buds of May

by H. E. Bates

“Quality of production, superb”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Bob Ryder  &  Mark Best


The Larkin Family

John Garland – Pop

Sharon Watts – Ma

Lauren Gould – Mariette

James Foulsham – Montgomery

Jessica Groves – Zinnia

Rhiannon Whelan – Petunia

Kirsty Biss – Victoria

Their Visitors

Adrian Kenward – Mr. Charlton

Derek Fraser – The Brigadier

Nick Richmond – Mr. Gorridge

Barbara Thomas – Edith Pilchester

Amy Curtis – Pauline

Ralph Dawes – Sir George Bluff-Gore

Rosemary Bouchy – Lady Bluff-Gore

Nikki Dunsford – Angela Snow


Production Crew

Lighting – Mike Medway

Lighting – Janice Gooch

Sound – Simon Snelling

Stage Manager – Tony Brownings

DSM – David Bickers

ASM – Olive Smith

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Mike Davy

Workshop Team – Robert Mitchell

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Workshop Team – Judith Berrill

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Margaret Murrell

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Simon Druce

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Margaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: The Darling Buds of May

The play is a wonderfully warm-hearted adaptation, by H E bates himself, of the novel that started the whole series of Darling Buds stories. It is charming, enjoyable stuff, which should leave audiences with a warm glow.