The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

January 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2010


by Mary Chase

Directed by
Guy Steddon

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“Choreographed to perfection”
– Shoreham Herald –


Olivia Robinson – Myrtle Mae Simmons

Judith Berrill – Veta Louise Simmons

Bob Ryder – Elwood P Dowd

Izzy Hudson – Miss Johnson / Dunphy

Joan Bearman – Ethel Chauvenet

Natalie Colgate – Ruth Kelly

John Garland – Duane Wilson

Will Hackett – Dr. Lyman Sanderson

Tony Brownings – Dr. William Chumley

Gill Etter – Betty Chumley

Anna Quick – Henry

Paul Checkley – Judge Omar Gaffney

David Creedon – E. J. Lofgren

Harvey – Himself


Production Crew

Assistant DirectorAnna Quick

Stage ManagerFiona Cameron

Deputy Stage ManagerZoey Attree

ASMMartin Oakley

LightingMike Medway

SoundJack Hudson

Backstage CrewAnna Quick

PropsAnna Quick

PropsDi Tidzer

PropsNatalie Colgate

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeZoey Attree

Set Design & ConstructionSue Chaplin

Set Design & ConstructionPaul Checkley

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Collis

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Comber

Set Design & ConstructionMargaret Davy

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionSheila Neesham

PortraitsSue Chaplin

PortraitsJudith Berrill

Original ScoreSteve Gallant

‘Harvey’ DesignAndy Etter

Poster DesignChristopher Scally

Poster DesignAnna Quick

Poster DesignGuy Steddon

Poster PhotographSteve Gallant

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityLucien Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

Production PhotosLucien Bouchy

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Harvey

GS wrote: “When I realised that I would be directing the first Wick Theatre Company production of the new decade, I decided almost right away that it was to be Harvey. A new year, a new decade no less, brings with it a hopeful air, a desire to see the world in a better light.

Harvey echoes this sentiment perfectly. This wonderful show is shamelessly upbeat and life-affirming. Only a cynical, miserable person could not fail to be enchanted by Elwood P Dowd and his unusual companion. Elwood has long ago got reality just where he wants it, but his family and friends want him to occupy the reality they reside in. More fool them! We should all want to be like Ellwood and be friendly and endearing to all we meet. The brilliance of Mary Chase’s script is that this is both her moral and the source of her rich comedy.

Harvey was originally produced under the title The White Rabbit in 1944, right in the midst of World War ll and – with its positive, life affirming message – was all the welcome because of it. The play went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and was subsequently filmed several times, most famously with James Stewart playing Elwood in an Oscar Winning movie [1950]. It is a rôle that he would often return to, and that he will forever be associated with.

It has been a wonderful joy to bring this production together – an incredible cast and superb production team have really gotten behind this. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Lastly, from all of us at The Wick Theatre Company, a very Happy New Year to you.

We look forward to seeing you at the next show!”