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Much Ado About Nothing

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2012

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Directed by
Bob Ryder

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“Pleasantly surprised”
– Brighton Argus –


…at Leonato’s

Graham Till – Leonato [a provincial guvnor]

Tony Brownings – Antonio [his brother]

Sophie Lane – Hero [his daughter]

Amy Curtis – Beatrice [his niece]

Charlie Blandford – Margaret

Isi Fink – Ursula

…visitors from Pedro’s

James Doyle – Don Pedro [a big-time guvnor]

Kevin Isaac – Balthasar [his runner]

Tom Harris – Claudio

Guy Steddon – Benedick

James Dubois – Don John [bastard brother of Pedro]

Frank Leon – Conrad

John Garland – Borachio

…from the Town

Mark Best – P.C. Dogberry

Richard Bulling – P.C. Verges

Judith Berrill – Patrol Leader

Zoey Attree – Dusty

Katie Piper – Lulu

Anna Quick – Cilla

Natalie Notley – Frances [the Vicar]

James Dubois – Blake [the Sexton]


Production Crew

Stage ManagerMartin Oakley

Deputy Stage ManagerHem Cleveland

LightingJordan Harvey

SoundJack Hudson

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeZoey Attree

Props ManagerCaroline Woodley

SetDavid Comber

SetCarl Gray

SetDavid Collis

SetSue Chaplin

SetMartin Oakley

SetSheila Neesham

SetMargaret Davy

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

PublicityAnna Quick

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityLucien Bouchy

PublicityRosemary Brown

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Much Ado About Nothing

BR wrote: “This marvellous play, probably first performed around 1598, has been hugely popular ever since. In many ways it feels very modern – Beatrice and Benedick are a model for the kind of ‘screwball’ romantic comedy now so familiar in the movies. In other ways, though, it foreshadows the kind of ‘problem plays’ which Shakespeare was to go on to write. Amid the comedy, there are some dark shadows around the plot to discredit the innocent bride-to-be, Hero. Most of the male characters [though not Benedick] are quick to believe the trumped-up charges against Hero, and hypocritical in condemning her. On the whole, the women in the play have much more humanity and common-sense than the men. So we are pleased that, in our production, Friar Frances and the all-female Watch take special credit for discovering the error and wickedness of men, and for getting things put right!

It has been a real pleasure working with an enthusiastic and talented team of actors and production crew who have brought Much Ado to life. It’s great to welcome five new members, in our cast of 20, who are making their début with Wick at The Barn. And it’s also very heartening that a further five members of the cast originally worked with our youth wing, Young Wick. We hope you enjoy the production as much as we’ve enjoyed preparing it!”

Note: This is the 20th show which Bob Ryder has directed for Wick. His previous Shakespeare productions at The Barn were Twelfth Night [1994], Romeo and Juliet [1995], A Midsummer Night’s Dream [1996], As You Like It [2004] and Richard lll [2008]”