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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 4, 5, 6 & 7, 1995

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

by Choderlos de Laclos – adapted by Christopher Hampton

Directed by
Margaret Ockenden

1995 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Bea Waters Challenge Cup for Best Overall Production
– Adjudicator’s Certificate : to Bob Ryder for an outstanding and sustained performance

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“Southwick should be proud”

– Nick Young : adjudicator –


Judith Berrill – La Marquise de Merteuil

Margaret Faggetter – Mme. de Volanges

Tanja McGhie – Cécile Volanges

George Illman – Majordomo

Bob Ryder – Le Vicomte de Valmont

Kevin Isaac – Azolan

Jean Porter – Mme. de Rosemonde

Claire Wiggins – La Présidente de Tourval

Jane Porter – Émilie

Peter Winstone – Le Chevalier Danceny

Andrew Bailey – Footman

Production Crew

Director’s AssistantPatrick Johnson

Stage ManagerDave Comber

Assistant Stage ManagerJoan Bearman

LightingTrevor Langley

Sound Frances Thorne

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

Set Design & DecorJudith Berrill

Set Construction & PaintingBrian Box

Set Construction & PaintingDave Collis

Set Construction & PaintingDave Comber

Set Construction & PaintingMichael Davy

Set Construction & PaintingRalph Dawes

Set Construction & PaintingMark Flower

Set Construction & PaintingSheila Neesham

Set Construction & PaintingFrances Thorne

WigsChris Horlock

WigsFrances Moulton

Fight arrangementRoy Goodall

PublicityJudith Williamson

Publicity & Theatre PhotographsGeorge Laye

Front of House ManagerMark Flower

Box OfficeAnna Barden

Programme Note #1: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

MO wrote: “The book by Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses shocked eighteenth century France, so much so that the first edition sold out in a few days. Mothers would give the volume to their daughters to read on the eve of their wedding. A bound copy, suitably disguised, was found in the library of Marie Antoinette.

The critics were uneasy, as they consider that immorality was presented persuasively and appeared to be attractive. This brilliant adaptation of the book is true to the text, and I wonder whether those same critics would have revised their opinion had they seen Christopher Hampton’s play.

It has been a great pleasure to work with such a script and with so dedicated a team, both on and off the stage. You could spend the evening working out how many ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ there are, but I would advise you just to relax and enjoy the play.”

Programme Note #2: Les Liaisons Dangereuses

The Director: “Margaret Ockenden, a long-time Wick member, has appeared many times on the Barn Stage, playing such varied rôles as Gloria in Shaw’s You Never Can Tell, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz and Muriel Wickstead in Habeas Corpus. A high spot was appearing in Harold Pinter’s Silence which Wick performed at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon.

Margaret teachers at a local Middle School and hopes she is able to communicate her love for the theatre to her pupils. She has a diploma in teaching Drama in Education. She has directed many times for the Wick – productions include The Anniversary, Jane Eyre and, last year, The Rape of the Belt for which she won the ‘Best Director’ award at the Brighton & Hove Drama Festival.

After seeing the original production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses it has become an ambition of hers to present the play at the Barn Theatre.”