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The Secret Rapture

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

August 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2003

The Secret Rapture

by David Hare

Directed by
John Garland

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“They call it yuppie love”
– Shoreham Herald –


Peta Taylor – Isobel Glass

Pat Lyne – Marion French [Isobel’s sister, a Conservative Junior Minister]

Bob Ryder – Tom French [Marion’s husband]

Katie Brownings – Katherine Glass [widowed step-mother to Marian & Isobel]

Philip Balding – Irwin Posner [Isobel’s partner]

Judith Berrill – Rhonda Milne [Marion’s PA]


Production Crew

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Lighting TechnicianJanice Gooch

Sound Design & OperationSimon Snelling

Technical ManagerMike Medway

Stage ManagerMarc Lewis

ASMOlive Smith

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Costume Co-ordinationCherry Briggs

Set ConstructionBrian Box

Set ConstructionDavid Comber

Set ConstructionDavid Collis

Set ConstructionMike Davy

Set ConstructionMarc Lewis

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown


Programme Note #1: The Secret Rapture

The Director writes; “The Secret Rapture like so many of David Hare’s plays, appears to have a political theme. Set in the ‘get-rich-quick’ 1980s., it explores the lengths people will go to in order to achieve their goals. The central character is one of absolute goodness, always trying to do the right thing. Those around her are quick to exploit this, manipulating her to their benefit. It is therefore ultimately a play about emotional blackmail and dysfunctional relationships.

The play seems to have echoes of my own life. When I first saw it I was part of the money-grabbing culture, working unhappily as a computer programmer. A few years later I took the part of Irwin, by which time I was training as a psychiatric nurse. It was a useful insight into the way another person’s behaviour affects another and became increasingly aware of the perils of trying to please others. Love turns to obsessive behaviour. Is Isobel the victim here, or does she bring fate upon herself?

I am extremely lucky to have had great support from both my cast and from behind the scenes for this, my Directorial debut at the Barn. I would, however, especially like to thanks Peta Taylor who saved the show by stepping in a short notice and who has been rehearsing every night since!”