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The Graduate

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

April 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2008

The Graduate

by Terry Johnson

Directed by
Bob Ryder

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“Set bar high”
– Shoreham Herald –


Guy Steddon – Benjamin

Tony Brownings – Dad

Natalie Colgate – Mom

Mark Best – Mr. Robinson

Gill Etter – Mrs. Robinson

Morgan Jones – Elaine

Rols Ham-Riche – Hotel Clerk, Barman, Psychiatrist, Priest

Helen Brewster – Stripper

Tom Harris – Drunk Wedding Guest

Tom Pearson – Drunk Wedding Guest


Production Crew

Stage ManagerRichard Bulling

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerTom Harris

Stage ManagerTom Pearson

Deputy Stage ManagerZara Spanton

ASMOlive Smith

LightingMike Medway

Sound TechnicianPhillip Oliver

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Set DesignJudith Berrill

Set DesignBob Ryder

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamRichard Bulling

Workshop TeamSue Chaplin

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamMargaret Davy

PainterMargaret Davy

PainterSue Chaplin

PainterSheila Neesham

PainterJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityAnna Barden

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

Production PhotosLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty Dawes

Box Office – The Barn Team Box Office Team


Programme Note #1: The Graduate

“The Graduate was the first novel written by Charles Webb, published in 1963, not long after his own college graduation. It was made into a hugely successful film in 1967, winning a host of Oscar nominations. The style of the novel is unusual, telling the reader nothing about what the characters think or feel, only what they say and do. It’s perfect material for a film screenplay – and in fact the film is remarkably close to the book. As well as for its great screen performances, the film is widely remembered for the witty direction of Mike Nichols, which won him an Oscar, and the atmospheric Simon and Garfunkel music used in the soundtrack.

Terry Johnson’s stage adaptation was first performed in 2000. It too draws closely on the novel, though with an eye to the different challenges of live stage performance compared with film. The play has enjoyed great success in the West End and on Broadway. It has only very recently become available for wider performance and we are delighted to be staging one of the first productions outside the professional theatre.”