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Run for your Wife

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 7, 8, 9 & 10 1994

Run for your Wife

by Ray Cooney

Directed by
Ralph Dawes

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“Just the ticket”
– Shoreham Herald –


Rosemary Mose – Mary Smith

Judith Berrill – Barbara Smith

Bob Ryder – John Smith

Charles Porter – Detective Sergeant Troughton

Vic Gough – Stanley Gardner

Andy Chalk – Newspaper Reporter

John Barham – Detective Sergeant Porterhouse

Kevin Isaac – Bobby Franklyn


Production Crew

Assistant to the DirectorAndy Chalk

DesignDave Comber

Stage ManagerMark Flower

LightingPatrick Roberts

LightingFrances Thorne

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Set ConstructionJeremy Cooke

Set ConstructionMichael Davy

Set ConstructionDave Collis

Set ConstructionDave Comber

Set ConstructionRalph Dawes

Set PainterFrances Thorne

Set PainterSheila Neesham

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Wardrobe SupervisorMargaret Faggetter

ContinuityBetty Dawes

PublicityJudith Atkinson

PhotographyGeorge Laye

Front of House ManagementGeorge Illman

Box OfficeAnna Barden


Programme Note #1: Run for your Wife

RD wrote: “Run for your Wife has enjoyed many very successful long runs in London, toured extensively and it is easy to understand why. It must be one of the funniest plays that Wick has presented being a cascade of one hopeless situation following another as John and Sally try to extricate themselves from a showdown that becomes increasingly inevitable.

Working on this production has provided both myself and the cast with many hours of enjoyment and hard work. I hope that you will enjoy a relaxing and entertaining evening.”

Programme Note #2: Run for your Wife

Ralph Dawes was founder member of the company and has more than 80 acting rôles to his credit – with six productions as a director. His production of The Crucible won the All Sussex Three Act Festival in 1967. Recent acting rôles include Bennett in Travesties and Arthur Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus. He also sings chorus with Southwick Opera and is treasurer of both the Wick Theatre Company and Southwick Opera. In his ‘spare time’ he designs and constructs scenery with the workshop team.

Rosemary Mose joined Wick in 1984. Her rôles have been varied and numerous. She will be remembered for her portrayal of Mrs Swabb [Habeas Corpus], Childe [The Killing of Sister George], Vera [Stepping Out] and most recently Adelaide [Guys and Dolls].

Judith Berrill has appeared in ten Wick productions since 1989 – a versatile run that has stretched from the Cheshire Cat (in Alice) to Cecily the Stripping Librarian (in Travesties)! In between, Judith has given Barn audiences plenty of lively moments in parts such as Constanze (Amadeus), Fay (A Chorus of Disapproval), Esmerelda (The Royal Pardon) and the title rôle in Hedda Gabler and Olivia in Twelfth Night.

Bob Ryder has produced four very distinctive shows for Wick since 1991 – Habeas Corpus, A Chorus of Disapproval, Hedda Gabler [in his own translation] and Twelfth Night [for which he also composed the music for the songs]. He has acted in several Wick productions, including lead performances in Amadeus [Salieri], The Royal Pardon [Luke] and Travesties [Henry Carr].

Charles Porter first appeared in the Wick’s production of My Fair Lady as a chimney sweep – at the age of eleven! His rôles include Shem [Noah], Dennis Wicksteed [Habeas Corpus], Ian Hubbard [A Chorus of Disapproval]. He recently co-directed Wick’s award winning production of Travesties.

Vic Gough has acted regularly with Wick as well as performing many baritone rôles for the local operatic companies, most recently in Bill Hikock (Calamity Jane), Baron Von Trapp (The Sound of Music) and John Wellington Wells (The Sorcerer). Straight acting parts at the Barn have included Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre), Inspector Goole (An Inspector Calls). He won the one-act festival best actor trophy as ‘Sailor’ Zeale (The Zeale Brothers). Comedy rôles include Sir Percy Shorter (Habeas Corpus) and the mad director, Dafydd (A Chorus of Disapproval) and Feste [Twelfth Night].

Andy Chalk made his straight acting debut in Wick’s production of Beyond Reasonable Doubt. More recently he has appeared in Guys & Dolls, The Wizard of Oz (as the Tinman) and Stage Struck. He has also begun to work on play direction, with a studio production of A Glass Menagerie in Wick’s annual programme for work by new directors. His most recent part was Sebastian in Twelfth Night.

John Barham is responsible for some of Wick’s funniest comedy performances in recent years, including Bernard (Season’s Greetings), Orsini-Rosenberg (Amadeus), Jarvis (A Chorus of Disapproval), Scoblowski (Daisy Pulls It Off) and Sir Toby Belch [Twelfth Night].

Kevin Isaac joined Wick in 1991 and has since appeared in six different productions ranging from a Policeman in The Royal Pardon to a Munchkin Farmer in The Wizard of Oz and most recently a failed Stage Manager in Stage Struck. He has also provided the sound effects for two productions and appeared in a number of One-Act evenings.