The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2001


by Joe Orton

Directed by
Hannah Collis

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“Breezed through complex dialogue”
– Brightonpages Online –


Hugh Hemmings – McLeavy

Jo Hopper – Fay

Ben de Silva – Hal

Lee Stevens – Dennis

David Goodger – Truscott

David Bickers – Meadows


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Collis

ASMTheresa Manville

LightingMike Medway

SoundSimon Snelling

Set BuildingDavid Comber

Set BuildingBrian Box

Set BuildingMike Davy

Set BuildingMarc Lewis

Set BuildingDavid Collis

PaintingFrances Thorne

PaintingSheila Neesham

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeJudith Berrill

Press & PublicityRosemary Bouchy

Press & PublicityFrances Thorne

Press & PublicityRosemary Brown

ProgrammeBob Ryder

Front of House ManagerDavid Pierce

Front of House ManagerAntony Muzzall

Front of House ManagerLucien Bouchy

Front of House ManagerPeter Harrison

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: Loot

Joe Orton’s reputation for dramatic writing has rested mainly on just three full-length plays: Entertaining Mr. Sloane [1964], Loot [1966], and What the Butler Saw [staged posthumously, 1969]. In their time – which was still the time of the Lord Chamberlain’s power of censorship over the theatre – these were controversial plays, because of the casual immorality of the characters and their irreverence or ‘tastelessness’ of some of the subject matter. But, with the passing of time, other more classic qualities have become clearer. Joe Orton actually stands in a long line of comedy playwrights, from Congreve and Sheridan, through Wilde and Coward, for whom the comedy is in the style rather than the substance. The situations are absurd and the characters are exaggerated, while their language and reactions are outrageously superficial. It’s a wicked combination.