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The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2008.


by Patrick Hamilton

“Original music – eerie feeling”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Diane Robinson


John Garland – Jack Manningham

Claire Wiggins – Bella Manningham

Sophie Lane – Nancy

Rosemary Mose – Elizabeth

David Creedon – Rough

Ray Hopper – First Man

Tom Harris – Second Man


Production Crew

Stage Manager – David Comber

Stage Manager – Tony Brownings

Deputy Stage Manager – Zara Spanton

ASM – Olive Smith

Set Design – David Comber

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Operator – Lee Wenham

Music Composed & Produced – Steve Gallant

Props – Margaret Davy

Props – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Carl Gray

Workshop Team – Paul Checkley

Workshop Team – Sue Chaplin

Workshop Team – Sheila Neesham

Workshop Team – Margaret Davy

Workshop Team – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Anna Barden

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Production Photographs – Lucien Bouchy

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Gaslight

DR wrote: “Patrick Hamilton came from a family of failed writers and left school at just 15, with no qualifications and no apparent prospects except for the ambition to be a writer! Despite the raffish existence he subsequently led, by the age of 25 his first play, Rope, was running the West End and he ha written the first of a number of successful novels. Hamilton struggled to follow this stage success, but finally in 1938 Gaslight was written.

The play opened in the West End in 1938 and was even more successful than Rope had been. It also went on to have a very successful run on Broadway with the title Angel Street. However, many people will know Gaslight only through the two screen versions, the 1940 British one being less well known than the 1944 American film in which Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Bella Manningham.

Neither of the films is very faithful to the play, both finding it necessary to give the plot a ‘back story’, which means it takes an age to get to the heart of the wonderfully sinister play which Patrick Hamilton wrote and you will see tonight.”