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The Tempest

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2018

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Directed by
Dan Dryer

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“applauded for straight forward production”
– The Argus –


Bob Ryder – Prospero – the rightful Duke of Milan

Sophie Lane – Miranda – his daughter

Emily Hale – Ariel – a spirit

Jacqueline Harper – Caliban – a slave

Susanne Crosby – Antonio – Prospero’s brother and usurping Duke of Milan

Derek Fraser – Alonso – King of Naples

John Garland – Sebastian – the King’s brother

David Aitchison – Ferdinand – the King’s son

Tony Brownings – Gonzalo – an honest counselor

Peter Joyce – Adrian – a lord

Guy Steddon – Trinculo – a jester

Alex Bond – Stephano – a drunken butler

Brian Cowles – Boatswain

Judith Berrill – Iris

Anna Steddon – Ceres

Andrea Jones – Juno


Production Crew

Stage ManagerGaby Bowring

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Assistant Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Lighting Design & OperationMartin Oakley

Sound DesignRob Derby

Sound OperationBrian Jones

CostumesMaggi Pierce

CostumesCherry Fraser

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingSue Chaplin

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingDave Comber

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingCarl Gray

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingGary Walker

PublicityJudith Berrill

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggie Pierce

Poster & Programme DesignJudith Berrill


Programme Note #1: The Tempest

DD writes: “I first encountered the play as a drama student playing the wronged Duke of Milan, Prospero. It has always been a difficult play to classify: is it a comedy, a romance or a tale of revenge? There are melancholic moments and moments of beauty all set within a magical island. This very ambiguity is what attracts me to the play and it means there is something for everyone when watching. At the time Miranda’s greeting of ‘Oh brave new world’ seemed perhaps less ironic than it does to me today – but the themes of hope and forgiveness are just as powerful. As Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage it is also very moving in showing a man ready to put down his pen after a life of creating magic.”