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The Darling Buds of May

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

May 25, 26, 27 & 28  2005

The Darling Buds of May

by H. E. Bates

Directed by
Bob Ryder  and  Mark Best

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“Quality of production, superb”

– Shoreham Herald –


The Larkin Family

John Garland – Pop

Sharon Watts – Ma

Lauren Gould – Mariette

James Foulsham – Montgomery

Jessica Groves – Zinnia

Rhiannon Whelan – Petunia

Kirsty Biss – Victoria

Their Visitors

Adrian Kenward – Mr. Charlton

Derek Fraser – The Brigadier

Nick Richmond – Mr. Gorridge

Barbara Thomas – Edith Pilchester

Amy Curtis – Pauline

Ralph Dawes – Sir George Bluff-Gore

Rosemary Bouchy – Lady Bluff-Gore

Nikki Dunsford – Angela Snow

Production Crew

LightingMike Medway

LightingJanice Gooch

SoundSimon Snelling

Stage ManagerTony Brownings

DSMDavid Bickers

ASMOlive Smith

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamMike Davy

Workshop TeamRobert Mitchell

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamJudith Berrill

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicitySimon Druce

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Programme Note #1: The Darling Buds of May

The play is a wonderfully warm-hearted adaptation, by H E bates himself, of the novel that started the whole series of Darling Buds stories. It is charming, enjoyable stuff, which should leave audiences with a warm glow.