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Thérèse Raquin

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Thérèse Raquin

adapted from the novel by Emile Zola by Leslie Sands

“This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd”

Directed by
Dan Dryer

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“a slow-burner but boy does it get exciting towards the end”
– Shoreham Herald –


Rose Hall-Smith – Thérèse

Alex Bond – Laurent

Susanne Crosby – Madame Raquin

Matthew Arnold – Camille

David Peaty – Grivet

Derek Fraser – Michaud


Production Crew

Assistant DirectorSarah Frost

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Lighting Design Strat Mastoris

Lighting OperationMartin Oakley

Lighting OperationEmily Hale

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationJohn Garland

PortraitJudith Berrill

WardrobeMaggi Pierce

WardrobeCherry Fraser

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set Design, Construction, PaintingDave Comber

Set Construction, Design, PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Design, Construction, PaintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Design, Construction, PaintingCarl Gray

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingSue Netley

Set Design, Construction, Scenic paintingGary Walker

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

PhotographyGary Walker

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggi Pierce

Front of House – Tor Dunster-Best & The Wick Team


Programme Note #1: Thérèse Raquin

So we wanted to choose a play for the festive season. Something with snow and tinsel, ‘how about a ghost story’, we thought, ‘that’s festive’. I then remembered a play I had seen on television in the 1980’s, it had been a ghostly tale with visits to a morgue and the enacting of dark deeds… Thérèse Raquin.

When reading the play I couldn’t put it down and finished the whole thing in one sitting. I was completely gripped by the action from the outset and had to see how it would end. However, I soon realised that it wasn’t so much a ghost story but rather an intriguing psychological thriller, set in the back streets of 1860s Paris. The ghost I had remembered was not a physical apparition but was actually the haunting of the main characters whose sense of reality dissolves as a direct consequence of their actions.

This is a tale of passion, madness and consequences – where people are trapped in a waking nightmare of guilt and paranoia.

So I do hope you enjoy our festive offering, less tinsel perhaps but rather more terrible transgressions. Ho, ho, ho…..