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Pink String and Sealing Wax

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

February 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 1983

Pink String and Sealing Wax

by Roland Pertwee

Directed by
George Porter

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“Family affair of a murder!”
– Shoreham Herald –


Andrea Smith – Eva Strachan

Margaret Ockenden – Mrs. Strachan

Nicholas Thorne – Albert Strachan

Ralph Dawes – Edward Strachan

Louise Bray-Allen – Jessie Strachan

Sarah Ockenden – Emily Strachan

Neil Shepherd – Dr O’Shea

Peter Joyce – Ernest O’Shea

Amanda Dawes – Pearl Bond


Production Crew

Stage ManagerJoan Bearman

A.S.M.Karen Mulholland

A.S.M.Daphne Thornton

LightingFrank Hurrell

LightingFrank Child

LightingDavid Child

LightingJonathon Dawes

Effects & ContinuityJill Redman

WardrobePat Moss

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

Front of HouseRon Cheesman

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Music CompositionPatrick Johnson

Recorded Voice – Darryl Brown

Foyer DecorationRosemary Biggs

Box OfficeFrances Thorne

Programme CoverAntony Muzzall


Programme Note #1: Pink String and Sealing Wax

GP wrote: “Dear Audience,
This play has the virtue of providing a number of interesting parts for young people and this was my main reason for staging this production. The Company wished to bring more of their young members into a major production and what better vehicle for such an enterprise than a play about a family with four teenage children. In fact five of our ‘Young Wick’ are appearing because Amanda Dawes plays Pearl Bond – the sort of young woman of whom mother would not have approved. The other talented newcomers are Andrea Smith, Louise Bray-Allen, Sarah Ockenden and Nicolas Thorne [who all appeared in Oliver] Good luck to them all.

As for the ‘seniors’; I am delighted with them – their triumphs in earlier Wick plays are too numerous to mention. It is also notable that we have two parent daughter couples in this play and even curiouser, is that Amanda is playing the part her mother played as a teenager when Young Wick Players presented this play in 1956.

The play is, I consider, a good, if sometimes obvious slice of Victorian cake. Colour is provided by references to the old Chain Pier, the Penny-farthing bicycle and so on. But it has warmth and a sense of family – even though the Victorian attitude displayed is somewhat alien to our present day anti-chauvinist trends. Where are the heavy fathers now?

With Christmas holidays intervening we have all had too short a time to present this very busy play but hope to acquit ourselves well for your and our own pleasure.”