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The Birthday Party

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 30, 31 – April 1 & 2, 2016

The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter

Directed by
Graham Till

2016 NODA South East Region – District 1 – Accolade of Play Excellence

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“tense, confusing”

– NODA –


Dave Peaty – Petey

Pam Luxton – Meg

Phil Brown – Stanley

Emily Hale – Lulu

Dan Dryer – Goldberg

David Creedon – McCann


Production Crew

Stage ManagerBernadette Ward

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Technical ManagerJohn Garland

LightingKieran Pollard

LightingMike Phillips

LightingMartin Oakley

Sound DesignBob Ryder

WardrobeMaggi Pierce

WardrobeCherry Fraser

WardrobeCaroline Woodley

Properties & Set DressingCaroline Woodley

Set Construction & PaintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Construction & PaintingCarl Gray

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Comber

Set Construction & PaintingDave Collis

Set Construction & PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Construction & PaintingSheila Neesham

Set Construction & PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Construction & PaintingGary Walker

Rehearsal PromptCaroline Woodley

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggie Pierce

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityJudith Berrill

Poster DesignRichard Joyce

Front of HouseBetty Dawes


Programme Note #1: The Birthday Party

GT wrote: ” It’s always a good challenge to take on one of the great classics of the English theatre and I am very grateful to Wick Theatre Company for the opportunity to direct one of the earliest and best-loved plays by Harold Pinter, perhaps the greatest English playwright of the last century.

For me he’s great because he creates wonderful characters unlike anyone else’s. They are creatures of unpredictable mood, unreliable veracity, and total unfitness for pigeonholes. Pinter hears and reproduces everyday dialogue like nobody else too: ordinary utterances ping back and forth with added rhythm and musicality and references and layers of meaning that turn them into something close to poetry – and at times to wisecracking comedy.

First and foremost though he writes rattling good plays that are great fun to perform and – as I hope you will find in the case of The Birthday Party – a great experience to watch. You might want to look for the clues and figure out who these people are, what are their motives, what is the sinister authority in the background .. or you might want to just sit back and enjoy the play. Either way I promise you will be amused, intrigued, titillated, scared, baffled, misled, confused, shocked, tickled, and I hope in the end royally entertained. ”