The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

April 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 1983


by André Obey

Directed by
Tony Muzzall

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“Quite splendid Mrs Noah”
– Brighton & Hove Gazette –


Brian Moulton – Noah

Jean Porter – Mrs. Noah

Charles Porter – Shem

Robert McCourty – Ham

Nicholas Davion – Japheth

Margaret Faggetter – Sella

Jill Redman – Naomi

Louise Bray-Allen – Ada

Rosemary Biggs – Woman

Mark Flower – Bear

Douglas Tucker – Lion

Joan Bearman – Wolf

Victoria Ogden – Monkey

Sarah Sherry – Lamb

Miranda Bowen – Tiger


Production Crew

Stage ManagerSue Whittaker

A.S.M.Daphne Thornton

LightingFrank Hurrell

AssistantEdward Keith

AssistantEric Ridgewell

AssistantBob Baker

AssistantJonathon Dawes

EffectsJanice Barlow

EffectsJanet Langrish

Masks, Set & Programme DesignTony Muzzall

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Set ConstructionMike Davy

Set ConstructionRon Cheesman

Front of HouseFrank Child

Box OfficeFrances Thorne


Programme Note #1: Noah

AM wrote:
“Dear Audience, The Bible has been the inspiration of many dramatic works, but when Obey wrote Noah he only used the story as a basic plot on which to build his play around. There is far more to this Noah than just the religious aspect. Throughout the play we follow the changing attitudes of eight people and a group of animals who fined themselves forced together through a major world disaster.

It was not, of course, possible to build an Ark on the Biblical scale so, rather than try, I have chosen the simplest of settings, leaving the imagination of the audience to create their own surroundings.

Robert McCourty, Nicolas Davion, Charles Porter and Margaret Faggetter are making their debuts for the company. Jill Redman, taking her first major rôle and Louise Bray-Allen both appeared on stage earlier this season. Completing the human element of the play are Brian Moulton, Jean Porter and Rosemary Biggs, all long standing members of the company.

Lurking behind the six animal masks of our menagerie are three new faces and three familiar ones. The new faces belong to Mark Flowers, Sarah Sherry and Victoria Ogden. The three familiar ones are Miranda Bowen, Joan Bearman and Douglas Tucker.

But now let us watch as one man, an ordinary farmer named Noah, completes them new ‘family home’ ….”