The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2008


by Patrick Hamilton

Directed by
Diane Robinson

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“Original music – eerie feeling”
– Shoreham Herald –


John Garland – Jack Manningham

Claire Wiggins – Bella Manningham

Sophie Lane – Nancy

Rosemary Mose – Elizabeth

David Creedon – Rough

Ray Hopper – First Man

Tom Harris – Second Man


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Stage ManagerTony Brownings

Deputy Stage ManagerZara Spanton

ASMOlive Smith

Set DesignDavid Comber

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Lighting OperatorLee Wenham

Music Composed & ProducedSteve Gallant

PropsMargaret Davy

PropsSue Whittaker

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

Workshop TeamDavid Comber

Workshop TeamDavid Collis

Workshop TeamCarl Gray

Workshop TeamPaul Checkley

Workshop TeamSue Chaplin

Workshop TeamSheila Neesham

Workshop TeamMargaret Davy

Workshop TeamJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityAnna Barden

PublicityRosemary Brown

Production PhotographsLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Gaslight

DR wrote: “Patrick Hamilton came from a family of failed writers and left school at just 15, with no qualifications and no apparent prospects except for the ambition to be a writer! Despite the raffish existence he subsequently led, by the age of 25 his first play, Rope, was running the West End and he ha written the first of a number of successful novels. Hamilton struggled to follow this stage success, but finally in 1938 Gaslight was written.

The play opened in the West End in 1938 and was even more successful than Rope had been. It also went on to have a very successful run on Broadway with the title Angel Street. However, many people will know Gaslight only through the two screen versions, the 1940 British one being less well known than the 1944 American film in which Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Bella Manningham.

Neither of the films is very faithful to the play, both finding it necessary to give the plot a ‘back story’, which means it takes an age to get to the heart of the wonderfully sinister play which Patrick Hamilton wrote and you will see tonight.”