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Not Now Darling

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

July 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2008

Not Now Darling

by John Chapman  &  Ray Cooney

Directed by
John Garland

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“Left audiences with aching sides”

– Shoreham Herald –


Katie Whitmore – Miss Whittington

Ian White – Arnold Couch

Lyn Fernee – Miss Tipdale

Margaret Pierce – Mrs. Frencham

Bob Ryder – Gilbert Bodley

Ray Hopper – Commander Frencham

Peter Thompson – Harry McMichael

Amanda Urwin-Mann – Janie McMichael

Sophie Lane – Sue Lawson

Judith Berrill – Maude Bodley

Richard Bulling – Mr. Lawson

Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerTony Browning

Deputy Stage ManagerZara Spanton

ASMOlive Smith

Set DesignDavid Comber

LightingMike Medway

SoundPhilip Oliver

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamRichard Bulling

Workshop TeamSue Chaplin

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamMargaret Davy

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

PublicityAnna Barden

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

Production PhotosLucien Bouchy

Front of House Co-ordinatorBetty Dawes

Box OfficeMargaret Murrell

Programme Note #1: Not Now Darling

JG wrote: “It doesn’t seem fashionable to admit enjoying Ray Cooney plays any more. They are not exactly ‘politically correct’ – and this one, written 40 years ago, has all the ingredients of a Carry On film, combining saucy innuendo with physical comedy. Cooney is a master of the farce genre and this play is one of his funniest, with no let-up in the action once it begins. Whilst it may seem to celebrate immoral behaviour, what is wrong, in a life where we have to be serous most of the time, with suspending our morals for a couple of hours and laughing at the absurdity of the situation.

Do enjoy it … you know you want to!”