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The Dumb Waiter

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2005

The Dumb Waiter

by Harold Pinter

Directed by
Richard Ratcliffe

Anorak of Fire

by Stephen Dinsdale

Directed by
Patricia Lyne

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“Perfection indeed”
– Words & Music –

Cast – The Dumb Waiter

Ryan Lainchbury – Gus

Mark Best – Ben

Cast – Anorak of Fire

John Griffiths – Gus Gascoigne


Production Crew

LightingMike Medway

SoundIan Healey

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerGeoff Holme

Stage ManagerTony Holmes

DSMJohn Garland

DSMTony Brownings

ASMHelen Brewster

ASMLoren O’Dair

ASMOlive Smith

Workshop TeamSylvie Walder

Workshop TeamNicki Moston

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamGeoff Holme

Workshop TeamTony Holmes

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamMike Davy

Workshop TeamRobert Mitchell

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicitySimon Druce

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Note to Committee

In September 2005 the committee were informed of the following by Bob Ryder – theatre co-ordinator.

“A year ago, when we fixed the 2005 programme, we settled on the great Arthur Miller classic Death of a Salesman for our peak early autumn slot.  Unfortunately, Mr Miller passed away in the spring – at a wonderfully ripe old age of 90 – with the result that several professional companies rushed to do revival productions and we lost the amateur performance rights.

We then did some fancy footwork to substitute another heavyweight quality drama, John Osbourne’s The Entertainer – safe in the knowledge that the rancorous Mr Osborne had already passed-on some years ago.  Unfortunately, though, our cast was hit with some unavoidable problem late in the rehearsal run, and we simply weren’t able to regroup with new actors in the time available.  Nor was there enough time left to try to mount a different full-length production.

But now the good news; two members of The Entertainer cast, Mark Best and Ryan Lainchbury are now quickly perfecting a production of Harold Pinter’s glorious one-act play, The Dumb Waiter.

And The Entertainer director, Pat Lynne, is working with John Griffiths on a very enjoyable one-man, one-act play, Anorak of Fire – hard to describe, but try to imagine Shirley Valentine as a male train-spotter!”

Programme Note #1: The Dumb Waiter & Anorak of Fire

“The Dumb Waiter is one of Harold Pinter’s earliest plays, written in 1957 though not performed in public until 1960. It is one of the works that firmly established Pinter’s reputation for a new and highly individual style of drama.

Anorak of Fire was first presented at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1993. It had an immediate popular success and has since been played widely in small theatres across Britain, with several revivals at the Fringe too.

We welcome three new [or relatively new] Wick actors in the production. John Griffiths is making his Barn début in Anorak of Fire. Mark Best and Ray Lainchbury [in the Dumb Waiter] first appeared in The Accrington Pals, and Mark has been seen more recently in Blue Remembered Hills. They have been closely involved in the development of the Young Wick section of the company.

We also welcome the involvement in this production of several new members who have joined the company in the last few months, in various rôles in the backstage, workshop and Front of House teams.”