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Neighbourhood Watch

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 26, 27, 28, & 29 2019

Neighbourhood Watch

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by
John Garland

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“absolutely hilarious”

– Shoreham Herald –


Susanne Crosby – Hilda Massie

Julian Batstone – Martin Massie

Derek Fraser – Rod Trusser

Barbara Isaacs – Dorothy Doggett

Ian Mackenzie – Gareth Janner

Emily Dennett – Amy Janner

Andrea Jones – Magda Bradley

Guy Steddon – Luther Bradley

Production Crew

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerDan Dryer

Lighting Design – Martin Oakley

Lighting Operation – John Garland

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationBrian Jones

WardrobeMaggi Pierce

WardrobeCherry Fraser

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set ConstructionDave Comber

Set ConstructionNigel Goldfinch

Set Construction – Carl Gray

Set Construction – Mike King

Set Construction – Sue Netley

Set Construction – Gary Walker

Poster and Flyer DesignJudith Berrill

Main PhotographyGary Walker

Additional PhotographySusanne Crosby

Promotional Film – Phil Nair-Brown

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicitySusanne Crosby

PublicityPeter Joyce

Programme Judith Berrill and Susanne Crosby

Programme Note #1: Neighbourhood Watch

JG writes: “Neighbourhood Watch” was Ayckbourn’s 75th play, written in 2010 as a response to David Cameron’s vision of a ‘Big Society’. I was looking for a comedy and, by coincidence, it was 2016 and Cameron had just finished his term of office having misjudged how that society might use their vote.

Ayckbourn describes it as “a satire, but it’s quite dark”. Like most of his plays, I think it is genuinely thought-provoking and I was principally struck by how, without properly informed leadership, those with good intentions can lead us on a path of potential destruction. As Chairman of the Wick Theatre Company, I will be examining the work of our sub-committees in much greater detail!

Thanks of course go to all my cast, backstage staff, workshop team, technical support, property and costume advisors, publicity team and those who have been around as a ‘listening ear’ when I’ve needed them.

Rehearsals have been really enjoyable due to a lot of hard work by all those involved and I really hope you enjoy the result.

Note #2: Neighbourhood Watch

Sir Alan Ayckbourn must be one of the most prolific playwrights of modern times – his website currently list 83 full-length plays. He has had a long association with Scarborough and his first published play, “The Square Cat”, was performed there in 1959. He became Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1972 and remained in that post until 2009, having suffered a stroke in 2006. He was knighted for services to theatre in 1997.

Almost every play he has written has premiered in Scarborough, mostly in the round, and more than half have transferred to London and many to Broadway – his first West End ‘hit’ was “Relatively Speaking” in 1967. Other major successes include “How the Other Half Loves”, “Absurd Person Singular”, “Bedroom Farce”, “A Chorus of Disapproval”, “The Norman Conquests” and “Absent Friends”.

In 1974 he set the record for the most plays being performed simultaneously in the West End.