The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2011


by John Godber  &  Jane Thornton

Directed by
Guy Steddon

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“Surprisingly poignant comedy”
– Shoreham Herald –


Anna Quick – Mel

Phoebe Hine – Adele

Sophie Lane – Nicky

Emma Parker – Carol


Production Crew

Production AssistantTom Harris

Stage ManagerHolly Lane

Deputy Stage ManagerHem Cleveland

Lighting Design & OperationsMike Medway

Sound OperationsTom Harris

Sound DesignGuy Steddon

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Comber

Set Design & Construction – Martin Oakley

Set Design & Construction – Carl Gray

Set Design & Construction – Paul Checkley

Set Design & Construction – Sue Chaplin

Poster DesignAnna Quick

Poster DesignGuy Steddon

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

PublicityAnna Quick

PublicityGuy Steddon

Window DisplayRosemary Brown

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Shakers

The View from the Bar by GS: “Welcome all to ‘Shakers’; the trendy wine bar from hell!

John Godber and Jane Thornton’s play was first written and performed in 1985. It has long been considered to be a companion piece to Godber’s other famous works of that era – Bouncers and Teechers. The writers revisited and ‘Re-Stirred’ the play in 1991, producing the play that we are performing for you this evening.

Shakers is an enormous challenge to perform in. The four actors are on stage throughout, playing over 20 characters between them and delivering huge amounts of dialogue. It is not an easy undertaking by any means and I am so pleased that this cast has risen to the test with aplomb and sheer determination. I raise a glass to them all!

I have been thrilled that virtually everyone I wanted to help me get this play on stage has said ‘yes!’ I have had a dream team behind me covering everything from lighting, publicity and design. Cheers to all concerned!

Special thanks to my long-suffering production assistant, Tom Harris [Cocktail of choice: Flatline – Sambuca, Tequila and Tabasco]. Tom Harris been an extra pair of eyes, ears and hands whenever I have needed them and has been invaluable all round. Salut Tom!

Lastly, huge thanks to you, our audience. Supporting theatre within this economic climate is not always an easy thing to do. We appreciate your continued enthusiastic support and hope we can continue to be deserving of it.

Oh, and in case you were heading that way ….. Mine’s a Dirty Mojito [Spiced Rum, Soda Water, Fresh Mint Leaves, Crushed Ice, Brown Sugar and Lime Juice].