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One Man, Two Guvnors

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 14, 15, 16 & 17 [+mat] 2016.

One Man, Two Guvnors

Adaptation by Richard Bean

“Master class in how to do it”
– NODA –


Directed by
Tony Brownings  &  Bob Ryder


Mark Best – Francis Henshall

David Peaty – Charlie Clench

Rose Hall-Smith – Pauline Clench

Dan Dryer – Harry Dangle

Maurice Humphreys – Alan Dangle

Anna Steddon – Dolly

John Garland – Lloyd

Charlotte Miller – Rachel Crabbe

Matthew Arnold – Stanley Stubbers

Brian Pitt (aka Bob Ryder) – Alfie

Julian Batstone – Gareth, Passing-by Vicar, Policeman

Peter Joyce – Taxi Driver, Policeman

Anita Shipton – Passing-by Old Lady

Helen Armes – Helen Armes


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Dave Comber

Deputy Stage Manager – Adrian Kenward

Lighting Design – Martin Oakley

Lighting Operator – Martin Oakley

Lighting Operator – Kieran Pollard

Set Concept – Tony Brownings

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe – Cherry Fraser

Properties – Anita Shipton

Properties – Di Tidzer

Set Construction – Dave Comber

Set Construction – Dave Collis

Set Construction – Nigel Goldfinch

Set Construction – Carl Gray

Set Construction – Gary Walker

Scenic Painting – Judith Berrill

Scenic Painting – Sue Chaplin

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Peter Joyce

Publicity – Maggi Pierce

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Judith Berrill

Front of House – Tor Dunster


The Kraze Band

Phil Jones – Double Bass

Adam Ronchetti – Washboard & Snare

Scott Smith – Banjo, Guitar, Clarinet

Fred Gregory – Electric guitar


Programme Note #1: One Man, Two Guvnors

TB and BR wrote: ” The comedy presented in this production goes back a long way. At its heart is a play originally written down more than 250 years ago, by a playwright in Venice who got tired of all his comedians making up their own stuff. He nailed down a great story about a servant who tries to make his way by getting two jobs with two different masters. Then he carefully wrote down all the lines for the comedians, on a very long bit of paper, and he made it very clear what he would do to them if they buggered about with it when they got on stage.

So began the story of best surviving example of the ‘Commedia del Arte’ tradition of European comedy – usually know along the lines of A Servant of Two Masters. Carlo Goldoni – for it was he who wrote down the play on the long bit of paper – has a lot to answer for. It has gone down through the centuries in many translations and adaptations – some of them very ‘free’ adaptations.

The most recent – and very free – adaptation is by Richard Bean, a playwright in his own right, who knows a good idea when he nicks one. Forget Venice, forget 1750. We’re in Brighton, and it’s 1963. And what’s more, we’re going to pack in even more gags and filth than ever before.

The National Theatre also has an eye on the money these days and it hit the jackpot in 2011 when it opened One Man, Two Guvnors to enormous success. Then off to the West End, then off to Broadway, scooping pay-cheques and prizes all along the way.

We’ve had a great time working with the splendidly funny script what Richard Bean has created. There are few plays which – if they’re done well – are as funny as this one. Let’s hope we won’t disappoint.

Now. A big welcome to three stage performers making their debut at the Barn – Charlotte Miller, Alan Humphreys [sic] and Rose Hall-Smith are all new to the company, with lots of stuff they can strut. In addition, please offer a warm hand to The Kraze – four talented young men from Shoreham Beach who make up the amazing skiffle band so vital to the show. If you get bored with the daft stuff on stage, just listen to these guys play.

And please, especially at this time of the year, spare a thought for sad old blokes who end up directing stuff like this. We hope you enjoy the show. But even if you don’t, please make an effort and look like you are. It keeps us off the streets.

Thank you.