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Caught in the Net

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 28, 29, 30 & 31, 2012

Caught in the Net

by Ray Cooney

Directed by
John Garland

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“Remarkably good performance”
– NODA –


Bob Ryder – John Smith  [a Taxi Driver]

Gill Medway – Barbara Smith  [Wife]

Judith Berrill – Mary Smith  [Wife]

Ben Cassan – Gavin Smith  [Son]

Claire Harding – Vicki Smith  [Daughter]

Mark Best – Stanley Gardner  [The Lodger]

H. Reeves – Stanley’s Dad


Production Crew

Assistant to DirectorZoey Attree

Stage ManagerMartin Oakley

Assistant Stage ManagerZoey Attree

Deputy Stage ManagerHem Cleveland

Lighting DesignJordan Harvey

Lighting OperatorAndrew Cleveland

Sound OperatorJack Hudson

PropertiesMargaret Davy

PropertiesSue Whittaker

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeZoey Attree

Set Construction & PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Collis

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Comber

Set Construction & PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Construction & PaintingCarl Gray

Set Construction & PaintingSheila Neesham

Set Construction & PaintingMartin Oakley

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

PublicityAnna Quick

PublicityRosemary Brown

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Caught in the Net

JG wrote: “In December 1994, Wick Theatre Company presented Run For Your Wife, considered by many to be Ray Cooney’s greatest play. I never saw the show, having not joined the company until a few months later (and sadly there is no review yet registered in our archive), but those who did see it tell me it was a wonderful production. Consequently, when we discovered that there was a sequel set 18 years later, we decided it would be ideal for our 2012 season.

Having directed Not Now Darling 4 years ago. I am surprised (but very happy) to be once more at the helm of a farce – I always thought of my self as a director of ‘serious’ plays, but thus is my fourth consecutive comedy. For those who know their Cooney there will be no surprises in the basis of the plot, but the cleverness of the writing never ceases to amaze me. This is also an incredible amount of physical comedy, and indeed I believe it to be an overall better play than the original.

I am very grateful to the cast for the many hours they have spent rehearsing in cold rooms, and to my backstage team, especially Zoey Attree who has been a most helpful assistant, for all they have done to produce what I hope will be a worthy sequel to the 1994 production.