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Out of Order

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2003

Out of Order

by Ray Cooney

Directed by
Betty Dawes

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“Extracted maximum humour”
– Brighton Argus –


John Robinson – Richard Willey MP

Ralph Dawes – The Hotel Manager

David Goodger – A Waiter

Kati Szeless – Jane Worthington

Adrian Kenward – A Body

Peter Thompson – George Pigden

Joan Bearman – A Maid

Jason Tubbs – Ronnie Worthington

Rosemary Mose – Pamela Willey

Jenny Burtenshaw – Nurse Gladys Foster


Production Crew

Director’s AssistantJoan Bearman

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Lighting OperationChris Grey

Lighting OperationMike Medway

Sound Design & OperationSimon Snelling

ChoreographyKati Szeless

Set BuildingDavid Comber

Set BuildingDavid Collis

Set BuildingBrian Box

Set BuildingMike Davy

Set BuildingMarc Lewis

Set PaintingSheila Neesham

Set PaintingFrances Thorne

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Wardrobe TeamCherry Briggs

Wardrobe TeamMargaret Pierce

Publicity PhotographsLucien Bouchy

Press & PublicityRosemary Bouchy

Press & PublicityRosemary Brown

Press & PublicityJudith Berrill

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Out of Order

Party political goings-on of a strictly off-the-record kind provide hilarious fare in Wick Theatre Company’s latest offering. Government Minister Richard Willey plans to spend the night with Jane, a fast-working secretary with the Opposition. But no sooner do they settle into their hotel suite than things start to go horribly wrong – with the discovery of a body trapped under the sash window!

Richard sends for his faithful assistant George Pidgen to help him out of this sticky situation. But Richard’s lies soon land George in trouble with everyone, and they both end up with a serious identity crisis. Things go from bad to worse with the arrival of Richard’s wife and Jane’s mad husband. throw in a disapproving hotel manager and an unscrupulous waiter, to say nothing of an amorous nurse and you have an evening of rib-tickling entertainment.