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Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

April 28, 29, 30 – May 1 & 2 1981

Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

by Frank Norman – lyrics by Lionel Bart

Directed by
Brian Moulton

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“Fings are even better than they used to be!”
– Shoreham Herald –


Ralph Dawes – Fred Cochran

Frances Moulton – Lily Smith

Betty Dawes – Paddy

Barrie Bowen – Sgt. Collins

Miranda Bowen – Policewoman

Richard Loader – Police Constable

Wendy Picott – Betty

Sally Bacon – Rosey

Neil Shepherd – Tosher

Douglas Tucker – Redhot

Miranda Bowen – The Brass Upstairs

Antony Muzzall – Horace Seaton

Peter Joyce – Percy Fortesque

Sally Pumford – Myrtle

Robin Lee – Gambler

Jim Biggs – Gambler

Dave Collis – Gambler

Richard Loader – Gambler

Antony Muzzall – Norman

Clive Ford – Teddy Boy

Caroline Ockenden – Teddy Girl

Sarah Ockenden – Teddy Girl

Sally Pumford – A ‘Mystery’

Robin Lee – A Priest


Production Crew

Stage ManagerBrian Moulton

Front of HouseJohn King

Assistant SMJill Redman

Assistant SMMargaret Davy

Assistant SMSue Whittaker

LightingFrank Hurrell

Scenery & ProgrammeAntony Muzzall

Workshop ManagerBrian Moulton

Musical DirectorPatrick Johnson

PianoMyra Gristwood

GuitarChris Denman

PercussionJonathon Dawes

CostumesPat Moss

Dance SequencesMiranda Bowen

Box OfficeBarrie Bowen


Programme Note #1: Fings ain’t wot they used t’be

BM wrote: “In the normal theatre the true cockney is largely ignored or relegated to the supporting rôle of the maid or butler, usually introduced for comic effect. This play, by Frank Norman, is an attempt to portray, albeit lightly, the seamier side of the London underworld.
We hope we will not shock you with some of the situations and language and that you will enjoy this play in performance as much as we have in rehearsal.”