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Not Now Darling

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

July 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2008.

Not Now Darling

by John Chapman  &  Ray Cooney

“Left audiences with aching sides”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
John Garland


Katie Whitmore – Miss Whittington

Ian White – Arnold Couch

Lyn Fernee – Miss Tipdale

Maggie Pierce – Mrs. Frencham

Bob Ryder – Gilbert Bodley

Peter Thompson – Harry McMichael

Amanda Urwin-Mann – Janie McMichael

Sophie Lane – Sue Lawson

Judith Berrill – Maude Bodley

Richard Bulling – Mr. Lawson


Production Crew

Stage Manager – David Comber

Stage Manager – Tony Browning

Deputy Stage Manager – Zara Spanton

ASM – Olive Smith

Set Design – David Comber

Lighting – Mike Medway

Sound – Philip Oliver

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Richard Bulling

Workshop Team – Sue Chaplin

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Workshop Team – Margaret Davy

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Anna Barden

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Production Photos – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House Co-ordinator – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Margaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: Not Now Darling

JG wrote: “It doesn’t seem fashionable to admit enjoying Ray Cooney plays any more. They are not exactly ‘politically correct’ – and this one, written 40 years ago, has all the ingredients of a Carry On film, combining saucy innuendo with physical comedy. Cooney is a master of the farce genre and this play is one of his funniest, with no let-up in the action once it begins. Whilst it may seem to celebrate immoral behaviour, what is wrong, in a life where we have to be serous most of the time, with suspending our morals for a couple of hours and laughing at the absurdity of the situation.

Do enjoy it … you know you want to!”