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Communicating Doors

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

February 28 – March 1, 2 & 3, 2007

Communicating Doors

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by
John Garland

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“Went home clutching aching sides”
– Shoreham Herald –


Derek Fraser – Julian

Natalie Colgate – Phoebe

H. Reeves – Reece

Claire Wiggins – Ruella

Guy Steddon – Harold

Anna Quick – Jessica


Production Crew

LightingMike Medway

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerPhilip Oliver

Stage ManagerRichard Bulling

Technical Stage ManagerHelen Brewster

ASMSheila Holgate-Wright

Sound TechnicianJonathon Weldon

PropertiesSue Whittaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamTony Holmes

Workshop TeamRobert Mitchell

Workshop TeamRichard Bulling

Workshop TeamPhilip Oliver

Workshop TeamMark Flower

PaintersMargaret Davy

PaintersSue Chaplin

PaintersSheila Neesham

PaintersJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityAnna Barden

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell


Programme Note #1: Communicating Doors

JG wrote: “When I was asked to direct for the 2007 season, I thought I’d like to try my hand at comedy. My previous productions have had sombre themes [strained relationships, troubled minds etc] and I wanted something much lighter this time.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Wick’s Bedroom Farce last year, I looked at many more of Ayckbourn’s plays. When I read Communicating Doors I was instantly drawn to the idea of being able to change history. It is an enjoyable comedy too – though I must admit there are also some of my familiar themes along the way, including relationships and menace.

So, the perfect choice for me – a black comedy! I hope you enjoy it too.”