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The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 6, 7, 8 & 9 1993


by Tom Stoppard

Directed by
George & Charles Porter

1993 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition

– Challenge Cup for Best Overall Production
– Adjudicator’s Award : Joan Braddock for her sincere and poignant portrayal of Nadya

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“Variety kept play moving along”
– Shoreham Herald –


Bob Ryder – Henry Carr

Ralph Dawes – Bennett

Adrian Kenward – Tristan Tzara

David Creedon – James Joyce

Jo Chalk – Gwendolen

Judith Berrill – Cecily

Peter McGhie – Lenin

Joan Braddock – Nadya


Production Crew

Stage ManagerFrances Thorne

Lighting & SoundTrevor Langley

Lighting & SoundAndy Chalk

Set Design & ConstructionBrian Box

Set Design & ConstructionDave Collis

Set Design & ConstructionDave Comber

Set Design & ConstructionMike Davy

Set Design & ConstructionRalph Dawes

Set Design & ConstructionMark Flower

Set Design & ConstructionFrances Thorne

Set Design & ConstructionSheila Neesham

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeMargaret Faggetter

WardrobeJane Porter

Additional Costumes – Utopia

ContinuityMargaret Ockenden

ChoreographyJane Porter

MusicNick Ryder

PublicityJudith Atkinson

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityAnn Donkin

PublicityJean Porter

PhotographyGeorge Laye

Box OfficeJill Redman

Front of House ManagerMargaret Murrell

Foyer FlowersAudrey Laye


Programme Note #1: Travesties

GP wrote: “Travesties is one of the finest plays written by Tom Stoppard, one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights. When first staged in 1974 it won the Evening Standard [a London paper: web ed] award for Best Play, with John Wood collecting the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Henry Carr.

Most of the play is under the erratic control of Old Henry Carr’s memory which is not notably reliable. His recollections tend to ‘jump the rails’ occasionally and are coloured by his own prejudices and delusions. Stoppard skillfully uses this device to keep the action moving at a rapid pace, switching from one comic scene to another just when it suits him. You will see scenes in more varied styles than would seem possible in one play. Clive James described watching Travesties as ‘like drinking champagne’; tonight we hope to show you why.

This production is our entry for the 1993 Brighton Full Length Drama Festival. We are pleased to welcome Jan Wagstaff who will be giving a public adjudication after the Friday performance.”