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The Exorcism

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

January 8, 9, 10, & 11 2020

From TV’s Dead of Night series –

The Exorcism

by Don Taylor


Directed by
Susanne Crosby

It’s never absolutley dark, is it? There’s no such thing as absolute darkness ..?

Dan and Margaret have come to spend Christmas with Rachel and Edmund in their renovated seventeenth century cottage in beautiful countryside.

As Rachel plays the piano, she suddenly gets a sinister feeling of déjà vu … shortly afterwards the electricity fails and the phone is out of order … it is the start of a series of macabre events which mount relentlessly to a bizarre and terrifying climax.

This classic ghost story set in 1972, when exorcism had more general meanings, is about a centuries old injustice, exorcised by long silent spirits and the four unfortunate people who are .. drawn .. unwillingly .. in ..

Don Taylor’s play is perhaps best known for being the first in the Dead of Night TV series, broadcast on BBC in November of 1972; Mr Taylor directed the TV adaptation.

Cast

Rachel – Anna Steddon

Edmund – Sam Razavi

Margaret – Emily Dennett

Dan – John Garland

Newsreader – Dan Dryer

Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Lighting Design & OperationMartin Oakley

Score Composer & PerformerSam Razavi

Guest vocalist – Menchu Razavi

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound DesignSusanne Crosby

Sound OperationDan Dryer

CostumesMaggi Pierce

CostumesCherry Fraser

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set Design & ConstructionDave Comber

Set Design & ConstructionNigel Goldfinch

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionMike King

Set Design & ConstructionSue Netley

Set Design & ConstructionGary Walker

Set PaintingSue Chaplin

Set PaintingMargaret Davy

Poster & Programme DesignJudith Berrill

Programme CompilationSusanne Crosby

Promotional photographyGary Walker

Promotional photographySam Taylor

Promotional filmPhil Nair-Brown

Additional FilmingPhil Nair-Brown

Publicity Susanne Crosby

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggie Pierce

Programme Note #1: The Exorcism

SC writes: Welcome to a new year: new decade of theatre productions at the Barn. We start off with an unusual classic ghostly chiller, ideal for warming a cold winter’s night.

A contradiction? Apparently not. If we are scared by something that we know is not actually going to harm us, physically we can relax and enjoy it: known as a “safety net”. Feeling fearful results in a rush of adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine, which in turn makes us feel really good, especially when we feel safe to enjoy it. Of course that doesn’t explain how we’ve been scaring each other silly at rehearsals and leaving together so we’re none of us alone in the dark!

I’m so grateful to Guy Steddon who put the “Dead of Night” DVD in my hand and told me to think about directing it. I absolutely fell in love with it and when I read the play it was even better.

I’ve been hugely privileged to work with the best actors; each one brings so much it’s been an absolute joy to direct.

Special thanks to Sam for composing and recording the music, and for cooking Christmas dinner every single night of the run!

The crew as always have been absolutely brilliant, each in their own expert way.

I hope you get suitably, deliciously, scared: enjoy the show!