The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2009


by Ben Elton

Directed by
Steve Gallant

2009 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Best Actress : Anna Quick for her playing of Scout
– The Flower Family Award for Best Technical Achievement : Andy Etter for his amazing video and animation effects, bringing the background of the plot to breathtaking life
– Best Publicity : Rosemary Bouchy

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“Realistic set – clever animation”
– Brighton Argus –


John Garland – Karl Brezner

Bob Ryder – Bruce Delamitri

Sophie Lane – Velvet Delamitri

Zoë Edden – Farrah Delamitri

Guy Steddon – Wayne Hudson

Anna Quick – Scout

Amanda Urwin-Mann – Brook Daniels

Allegra Drury – Kirsten

David Thomas – Bill


Production Crew

Director’s AssistantFiona Cameron

Stage ManagerFiona Cameron

Deputy Stage ManagerNatalie Colgate

Lighting DesignMike Medway

Video Projection & AnimationAndy Etter

Sound DesignSteve Gallant

Light & Sound OperationLee Wenham

Set ConstructionDavid Comber

Set ConstructionCarl Gray

Set ConstructionDavid Collis

Set ConstructionPaul Checkley

Set Painting & DressingSue Chaplin

Set Painting & DressingSheila Neesham

Set Painting & DressingMargaret Davy

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeZoey Attree

Press & PublicityRosemary Bouchy

DisplaysRosemary Brown

Poster DesignClaire Hall

Publicity PhotographyLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Popcorn

Bruce Delamitri is a movie director on a mission – winner of the Best Director Oscar, he’s the hero of the MTV generation for his violent films which, he claims, simply hold up a mirror to real life and portray the lives of ordinary Americans. But in a world where explosive and extreme violence is becoming common place, it is time to admit that art doesn’t only imitate life – it influences it.

Popcorn is Elton’s satirical take on the shallow inhabitants of Hollywood and the movie -culture of the nineties. His brutal honesty and acerbic wit arte perfectly suited to the subject matter and although cynical, the dark humour is never far beneath the surface. As one of his earlier forays into writing, it remains one of his strongest pieces to date.

Popcorn was first published as a book in 1996 and Elton himself adapted the story into a play which was first presented with The West Yorkshire Playhouse at the Nottingham playhouse in September 1996 and subsequently presented at the Apollo Theatre, London, in April 1997.”