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Blithe Spirit

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

September 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2006

Blithe Spirit

by Noël Coward

Directed by
Bob Ryder

2006 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Best Costumes
– Chairman’s Award : for Best Presentation of Publicity Material

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“Entertaining from beginning to end”
– Shoreham Herald –


Kati Szeless – Ruth

Natalie Colgate – Edith

Tony Brownings – Charles

John Garland – Dr Bradman

Nikki Dunsford – Mrs. Bradman

Barbara Thomas – Madame Arcati

Judith Berrill – Elvira


Production Crew

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Technical Stage ManagerHelen Brewster

ASMOlive Smith

Sound TechnicianJonathon Weldon

Lighting TechnicianTanya Courtnadge

Lighting TechnicianLee Wenham

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeCherry Briggs

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamTony Holmes

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamRobert Mitchell

Workshop TeamPhilip Oliver

Workshop TeamTracey Holmes

Workshop TeamMark Flower

PaintersSheila Neesham

PaintersSue Chaplin

PaintersSylvie Walder

PaintersNicki Moston

Publicity & DesignRosemary Bouchy

Publicity & DesignRosemary Brown

Publicity & DesignAnna Barden

Publicity & DesignJudith Berrill

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMark Flower


Programme Note #1: Blithe Spirit

BR wrote: Noël Coward claimed to have written Blithe Spirit in the space of just a few days’ while he was staying at the darling little resort of Portmeirion on the North Wales coast. First performed in the dark wartime days of 1941, the piece stands with his earlier Hay Fever [1925] and Private Lives [1930] as one of the century’s most enduring full-length comedies for the stage. Wick has performed all three of these works over the years – and this is in fact the third time we have staged Blithe Spirit in the last half century.

Only very few will now remember the 1955 production, but there are many old friends who will have seen, or been involved in, the revival of 1984. We hope that this new production will be enjoyed just as much!