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It Runs in the Family

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 12, 13, 14 & 15, 1997

It Runs in the Family

by Ray Cooney

Directed by
Betty Dawes

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“Rib-tickling farce”

– Shoreham Herald –


Tony Brownings – Dr. David Mortimore

Kevin Isaac – Dr. Mike Connelly

Rosemary Mose – Rosemary Mortimore

Richard King – Dr. Hubert Bonney

Frances Moulton – Matron

Ralph Dawes – Sir Willoughby Drake

Margaret Faggetter – Jane Tate

Jane Richards – Sister

Hannah Collis – Lesley

John Barham – Police Sergeant

Richard King – Bill

Joan Bearman – Mother


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDave Collis

Set DesignDave Comber

Lighting & Sound DesignTrevor Langley

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

WardrobeJudith Berrill

WardrobeMargaret Faggetter

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

ContinuityMargaret Ockenden

PublicityJudith Williamson

Theatre Publicity & PhotographsGeorge Laye

F.O.H. Manager & Box OfficeMark Flower


Programme Note #1: It Runs in the Family

The programme carried this piece about the Director, Betty Dawes

Betty’s dream of creating a Theatre Company began in early childhood with her passionate love of drama – she just lived and breathed theatre! Her opportunity to do this eventually emerged and The Wick was born.

Most of her dramatic rôles have been at Southwick – some of the leads affectionately remembered are as Emma in Sailor Beware, My Three Angels, and When We Are Married. She has also directed many productions including Anastasia and Wizard of Oz. She has performed in numerous County Productions touring professional theatre. Guested at Littlehampton in Under Milk Wood and attended many weekend courses at Lodge Hill.

Betty regards the Wick as her extended family and still regularly sees ex-members who were with her at the birth of The Wick. Since her daughter Amanda has been in professional theatre, Betty has worked in the wardrobe and been a dresser at New Sadlers Wells Theatre and with Regents Park Open Air Theatre touring Company.

Grand Opera is her other great love and since 1971 she has been very involved with Southwick Opera directing many productions including works from Verdi, Bizet and the highly successful Don Giovanni by Mozart in 1995. She is currently directing HMS Pinafore for Worthing Operatic Society to be staged at the Pier Pavilion in June and has also staged up-to-date performances of Gilbert & Sullivan at Southwick.

Betty is extremely proud to be President of The Wick and also Southwick Opera.