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Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 7, 8, 9, 10 &, 11 1982

Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

by Arthur Lovegrove

Directed by
Douglas Tucker

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“Dream of a comedy”
– Shoreham Herald –


Jean Porter – Ethel Fordyce

Emily Reed – Jacqueline Fordyce

Sally Pumford – Pamela Fordyce

Antony Muzzall – Nicholas Fordyce

Sally Bacon – Annie

Daphne Thornton – Amelia Puffin

Ronald Cheesman – Henry Fordyce

Frank Semus – Stephen Parker

Mark Skipper – Victor Parker

Clive Trott – Roger Vincent


Production Crew

Stage ManagerFrances Thorne

A.S.MJill Redman

Lighting & EffectsFrank Hurrell

Lighting & EffectsFrank Child

Lighting & EffectsDavid Child

Lighting & EffectsJonathon Dawes

WardrobePat Moss

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

Front of HouseGeorge Porter

Set ConstructionRalph Dawes

Set ConstructionDave Collis

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Programme CoverAntony Muzzall

Foyer PhotographsGeorge Porter

Foyer DecorationRosemary Biggs

Box OfficeNicholas Thorne


Programme Note #1: Goodnight Mrs. Puffin

DT wrote: “Dear Audience

This production introduces a number of new faces to our audience and I am particularly happy that it involves younger actors and actresses. The Amateur Societies in this area suffer, it seems, from a scarcity of members in the 20/25 age group, so we are very fortunate to have Clive Trott, Mark Skipper and Emilie Reed ‘guesting’ for us.
Without them, this play could not have been staged. Originally, I thought I could cast from existing members but for various reasons they were unavailable to take part. Antony Muzzall and Sally Pumford are of course Wick members and complete the ‘younger’ element. Thus we have a good blend of younger and, dare I say, ‘older’ members of the company.

Jean Porter makes a welcome return, after a fairly long absence. It is great to see her with us. Frank Semus has recently joined the company and I am sure we shall see more of him in the future.

I am grateful to the cast and all involved back stage for the hard work and co-operation they have given me during the relatively short rehearsal period since our last play.

It now remains to put our efforts to the test and if we succeed in amusing you and for a brief hour or two make you forget the ‘world outside’ then I, for one, will have achieved my purpose. I believe, very strongly, that one of the main roles of the Theatre is to entertain. All too often these days play writers seem to want to make us think about some social problem of our time and put over to us their own philosophical outlook on a chosen theme. This is, of course, very laudable and if the play truly entertains then it is no doubt acceptable. Nevertheless I still prefer entertainment without a specific message. Though undoubtedly not a classic I think this play fulfils that role and that is why I chose it. I hope you enjoy it.”