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Communicating Doors

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

February 28 – March 1, 2 & 3, 2007.

Communicating Doors

by Alan Ayckbourn

“Went home clutching aching sides”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
John Garland


Derek Fraser – Julian

Natalie Colgate – Phoebe

H. Reeves – Reece

Claire Wiggins – Ruella

Guy Steddon – Harold

Anna Quick – Jessica


Production Crew

Lighting – Mike Medway

Stage Managers – David Comber

Stage Managers – Philip Oliver

Stage Managers – Richard Bulling

Technical Stage Manager – Helen Brewster

ASM – Sheila Holgate-Wright

Sound Technician – Jonathon Weldon

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggie Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Tony Holmes

Workshop Team – Robert Mitchell

Workshop Team – Richard Bulling

Workshop Team – Philip Oliver

Workshop Team – Mark Flower

Painters – Margaret Davy

Painters – Sue Chaplin

Painters – Sheila Neesham

Painters – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Anna Barden

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Margaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: Communicating Doors

JG wrote: “When I was asked to direct for the 2007 season, I thought I’d like to try my hand at comedy. My previous productions have had sombre themes [strained relationships, troubled minds etc] and I wanted something much lighter this time.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Wick’s Bedroom Farce last year, I looked at many more of Ayckbourn’s plays. When I read Communicating Doors I was instantly drawn to the idea of being able to change history. It is an enjoyable comedy too – though I must admit there are also some of my familiar themes along the way, including relationships and menace.

So, the perfect choice for me – a black comedy! I hope you enjoy it too.”