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The Graduate

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

Month 1 & 2, 1951.

The Graduate

by Terry Johnson

“Set bar high”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Bob Ryder


Guy Steddon – Benjamin

Tony Brownings – Dad

Natalie Colgate – Mom

Mark Best – Mr. Robinson

Gill Etter – Mrs. Robinson

Morgan Jones – Elaine

Rols Ham-Riche – Hotel Clerk, Barman, Psychiatrist, Priest

Helen Brewster – Stripper

Tom Harris – Drunk Wedding Guest

Tom Pearson – Drunk Wedding Guest


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Richard Bulling

Stage Manager – David Comber

Stage Manager – Tom Harris

Stage Manager – Tom Pearson

Deputy Stage Manager – Zara Spanton

ASM – Olive Smith

Lighting – Mike Medway

Sound Technician – Phillip Oliver

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggie Pierce

Set Design – Judith Berrill

Set Design – Bob Ryder

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Richard Bulling

Workshop Team – Sue Chaplin

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Workshop Team – Margaret Davy

Painter – Margaret Davy

Painter – Sue Chaplin

Painter – Sheila Neesham

Painter – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Anna Barden

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Production Photos – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – The Barn Team Box Office Team


Programme Note #1: The Graduate

“The Graduate was the first novel written by Charles Webb, published in 1963, not long after his own college graduation. It was made into a hugely successful film in 1967, winning a host of Oscar nominations. The style of the novel is unusual, telling the reader nothing about what the characters think or feel, only what they say and do. It’s perfect material for a film screenplay – and in fact the film is remarkably close to the book. As well as for its great screen performances, the film is widely remembered for the witty direction of Mike Nichols, which won him an Oscar, and the atmospheric Simon and Garfunkel music used in the soundtrack.

Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation was first performed in 2000. It too draws closely on the novel, though with an eye to the different challenges of live stage performance compared with film. The play has enjoyed great success in the West End and on Broadway. It has only very recently become available for wider performance and we are delighted to be staging one of the first productions outside the professional theatre.”