The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

September 11, 12, 13 & 14, 1996


by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by
Charles Porter

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“Brilliantly constructed, beautifully observed”
– Director –


Phil Balding – Jerome

Kevin Isaac – Lupus

Claire Wiggins – Zoë

Lucy Hall – Geain [aged nine]

Rebecca Faggetter – Geain [aged thriteen]

Heather Richards – Corinna

Peter Thompson – Mervyn


Production Crew

Director’s AssistantPat Johnson

Stage ManagerDave Collis

Stage ManagerDave Comber

Technical Co-ordinatorGreg Starns

LightingTrevor Langley

Video ProductionDave Cordon

Set ConstructionDave Comber

ContinuityJudith Berrill

WardrobeMargaret Faggetter

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WigsFrances Moulton

PublicityJudith Williamson

Publicity & Theatre PhotographsGeorge Laye

Box OfficeMark Flower

F.O.H. ManagerBrian Moulton

Foyer FlowersAudrey Laye


Programme Note #1: Henceforward

CP wrote: “I first saw Henceforward at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, prior to the show opening in London’s West End in 1988. The presence of Ian McKellen and Jane Asher in the cast was a glowing tribute to the fact that Alan Ayckbourn has, in Henceforward, created a brilliantly constructed, beautifully observed and thoroughly original piece of theatre.

Like many of his more recent plays Henceforward has its dark side, but the blacker it gets, the funnier it becomes – even bordering on farce at one point! The observations on society, human nature and love are as relevant today as Ayckbourn suggests they are in the future, and less than ten years since it was written, some aspects of the bleak 21st Century London are not too far removed from current reality.

The technical challenges of mounting Henceforward are far greater than usual and I am indebted to Greg Starns and his team for their work with technology that certainly baffles me! Pat Johnson has also given tremendous support to myself and all the performers on the artistic side and is one of Wick’s unsung heroes.

I hope you enjoy Henceforward and will come and visit us again at the Barn soon”

Programme Note #2: Henceforward

The Programme carried this piece about the Director, Charles Porter.

Charles first walked the stage at 11 years of age as a sweep in My Fair Lady in 1974. Although always interested in the theatre he did not undertake serious acting parts until the 1990s when he played in Habeus Corpus, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus of Disapproval, and, in 1995, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner.

His interest in directing started with Tom Stoppard’s 15 minute Hamlet and progressed to his co-direction of the award-winning Travesties in 1994. His enthusiasm for the theatre has led him to organise coach trips to the National Theatre in London to see Wind in the Willows and other famous plays – for the benefit of the Community Centre and Wick Theatre Company members.

We regret that Charles and Jane are moving on promotion to Northampton but we are sure his love of Southwick and the Centre will remain.