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Amy’s View

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

March 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2017

Amy’s View

by David Hare

Directed by
John Garland

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“absolutely hilarious”
– Shoreham Herald –


Dan Dryer – Dominic Tyghe

Anna Steddon – Amy Thomas

Anita Shipton – Evelyn Thomas

Sarah London – Esme Allen

David Peaty – Frank Oddie

Maurice Humphrys – Toby Cole


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Assistant Stage Manager – Helena Howe

Lighting Design & OperationMartin Oakley

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationBrian Jones

CostumesMaggie Pierce

CostumesCherry Fraser

PropertiesAnita Shipton

PropertiesDi Tidzer

Set Design & ConstructionDavid Comber

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionNigel Goldfinch

Set Design & ConstructionGary Walker

Set Design & ConstructionDave Collis

Set PainterSue Chaplin

PublicityJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggi Pierce

Poster & Programme DesignJudith Berrill

Front of HouseTor Dunster


Programme Note #1: Amy’s View

JG wrote: “I first became aware of David Hare’s work when I was cast in an amateur production of Secret Rapture in the early 1990’s. Following this, I was fortunate to see several of the plays that debuted at The National Theatre throughout that decade – the last of which was Amy’s View [1997].

Having just begun my training as a psychiatric nurse, I quickly became fascinated by his ability to depict relationships that are, ultimately, flawed as well as his propensity to challenge the social conventions of the time.

Amy’s View has several themes – most critics describe it as a tragedy: the decline of theatre as a popular medium when the “moving image” of Film / TV became dominant [something we still struggle with today!], the advent of the “get rich quick” society of that time and the perils that can befall us if we follow this route, as well as the gradual disintegration of the family unit if it fails to find a way of compromise.

I have been very lucky to have found an extremely talented cast to portray the emotional intensity of this piece – the rehearsal period has been short, but incredibly rewarding.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.”