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The Gingerbread Man

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 31 [+mat] 1983 – January 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 [+mat] 1984

The Gingerbread Man

by David Wood

Directed by
Betty Dawes

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Ralph Dawes – Herr Von Cuckoo

Eddie Roberts – Salt

Miranda Bowen – Pepper

Andrew Cook – The Gingerbread Man

Sally Bacon – The Old Bag

Ray Hopper – Sleek, the Mouse

Joan Bearman – Mrs. Big One

Douglas Blake – Mr. Big One

Ron Cheesman – Mr. Big One


Production Crew

ProducerRonald Cheesman

DesignerRalph Dawes

ChoreographerMiranda Bowen

Musical DirectorMyra Gristwood

AccompanistDaphne Thornton

Stage ManagerAmanda Dawes

A.S.M.Margaret Davy

A.S.M.Joan Bearman

Lighting DesignFrank Hurrell

Lighting DesignJonathon Dawes

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Set ConstructionDavid Comber

Set ConstructionMark Flower

Set ConstructionRon Cheesman

Set ConstructionMike Davy

Set ConstructionRalph Dawes

Scenery PaintedSandra Peaty

SoundDavid Peaty

Costume DesignAmanda Dawes

Costumes CutMary Payne

Costumes MakerFrances Thorne

Costumes MakerJean Porter

Costumes MakerMiranda Bowen

Costumes MakerMargaret Davy

Front of HouseGeorge Porter

Box OfficeFrances Thorne

Foyer DecorRosemary Biggs

Foyer DecorMargaret Davy

Foyer DecorSimon Bolton


Programme Note #1: The Gingerbread Man

BD wrote “Dear Audience, The Wick would like to take this opportunity of thanking YOU for your continued support during the past year and hope to welcome you all at our future shows.
I hope you will enjoy David Wood’s delightful play and have a really happy time in the company of the Gingerbread Man and his friends.”

Programme Note #2: The Gingerbread Man

“We have to thank David Wood for the return to the Barn Stage of Ray Hopper. Ray, a company member since 1959, struck up a close friendship with David Wood many years ago and has always urged Wick to put on one of his plays, saying that when they did he would return.

At last we have The Gingerbread Man and Ray, true to his word, has returned. His last performance was the 100th production in 1979 but during the 60’s he was in ‘practically everything’. Of his return he says he is “thoroughly enjoying a magic show”.

Another new face to the Barn is Andrew Cook. He joined Wick recently and has previous experience with the Gemini Players and M.A.D.D. Workshop.”