Tom Jones

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 1983

Tom Jones

by Joan Macalpine – based on the novel by Henry Fielding

Directed by
Christopher Kenneford

A joint production with The Southwick Players to mark the re-opening of the Barn following re-furbishment

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“sparkling performance”
– Shoreham Herald –


David Stenning – Tom Jones

Alan Upton – Squire Allworthy

Leslie Maxim – Bridget Allworthy

Ralph Dawes – Thwackum

Derek Fines – Blifil

Ken Mandel – Squire Western

Hilary Wiltshire – Molly Seagrim

Lucy Mandel – Sophie Western

Frank Child – George Seagrim

Bob Etteridge – Doctor

Sally Bacon – Honour

Mo Joyce – Susan

Vicki Wood – Mrs. Waters

Miranda Bowen – Mrs. Fitzpatrick

Sharon Frances / Cathy Baker – Betty

Neil Shepherd – Capt. Fitzpatrick

Gerry Wicks – Lord Fellamar

Frank Semus – Constable

Frank Child – 1st Bystander

Philip Watkins – 2nd Bystander

Sheila Wright – Woman with a basket

Jim Biggs – Andrews

Tom Jolly – Allworthy’s servant

John King – Executioner

Peter Gullen – Priest

Tanya Mandel – Ensemble

Rosalind Fenton – Ensemble

Alexander Wiltshire – Ensemble

Lara Bowen – Ensemble


Production Crew

ProducerBarrie Bowen

DesignerVincent Joyce

HarpsichordJohn Collins

Stage ManagerFrances Moulton

CostumesPat Moss

Lighting DesignEdward Keith

Lighting TechnicianFrank Hurrell

Lighting TechnicianJonathon Dawes

Lighting TechnicianRalph Sharp

Lighting TechnicianBob Baker

Lighting TechnicianTony Wright

ConstructionMac Macintosh

Assistant Stage ManagerMargaret Butler

Assistant Stage ManagerVikki Chapman

PropertiesCathy Baker

PropertiesLeslie Maxim

PropertiesCarol Upperton

PublicityVicki Wood

PublicityRonald Cheesman

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityJill Redman

Front of HouseJohn Deall

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box Office – Jane Denyer


Programme Note #1: Tom Jones

The programme carried this piece;
“Tom Jones ‘Live’ At The Barn”. In January 1982 Christopher Kenneford of the Southwick Players suggested joint production with The Wick Theatre Company. The proposal was well received and representatives of both companies met to develop the idea. From Christopher’s original proposition Tom Jones was born. The gratifying aspect has been the harmonious alliance of two Drama Societies who have over the years developed independent identities and a healthy degree of ‘rivalry’.

The play is faithful to Fielding’s novel for the most part, although, as one would expect, several less important characters not essential to the main story line are omitted. The plot charts the progress of the high spirited foundling Tom Jones, through mid-eighteenth century England. It is a journey ‘fraught’ with such divisions as willing country wenches, illicit liaisons in country inns and brushes with vice and corruption in London high society. Here the deserted wives of officers fighting the Pretender north of the border offer all sorts of temptations and dangers to our young hero!

Joan McAlpine’s character-drawing is true to Fielding except in the case of Mrs. Fitzpatrick. In order to keep the play to a manageable length, she is allowed to assume the character of Lady Bellastron in the latter part of the plot. In the book Lady Bellastron is a major figure but is here dispensed with entirely except for one brief reference in the second act.