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Taking Sides

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 2, 3, 4, & 5 2019

Taking Sides

by Ronald Harwood

Directed by
Mike Wells

2019 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– Bea Walters Challenge Cup for Best Overall Production
– Best Actor : David Creedon for Wilhelm Furtwangler and Sam Razivi for Major Steve Arnold
– Best Supporting Actor : Graham Till for Helmuth Rode
– Best Lighting Design : Martin Oakley
– Best Publicity

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“I absolutely loved it”
– Kate Dyson BHAC –


Sam Razavi – Major Steve Arnold

David Creedon – Wilhelm Furtwängler

Lucy Mae Knight – Emmi Straube

Luke Mepham – Lieutenant David Wills

Graham Till – Helmut Rode

Sue Goble – Tamara Sachs


Production Crew

Production ManagerCaroline Woodley

Stage ManagerDavid Comber

Assistant Stage ManagerGaby Bowring

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Lighting Design & OperationMartin Oakley

Lighting OperationJohn Garland

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationJulian Batstone

CostumesMaggi Pierce

CostumesCherry Fraser

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set Design & ConstructionDave Comber

Set Design & ConstructionNigel Goldfinch

Set Design & ConstructionCarl Gray

Set Design & ConstructionMike King

Set Design & ConstructionSue Netley

Set Design & ConstructionGary Walker

Set PaintingSue Chaplin

Set PaintingMargaret Davy

Poster & Programme DesignJudith Berrill

Programme DesignSusanne Crosby

Professional photographyGary Walker

Publicity & Supplemental photography – Susanne Crosby

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggie Pierce

Promotional filmPhil Nair-Brown


Programme Note #1: Taking Sides

MW writes: “Welcome to a very special play at the Barn. Yes it’s about a pivotal time in world history, more poignant now as we are in the 80th anniversary year of the start of the Second World War; and about genius music creation. But it’s also about a very human dilemma, and very human reactions to extreme circumstances.
Do you do the right thing? What is the right thing? This play shows us that sometimes what looks black and white may be full of grey areas; and sometimes best intentions can save people’s lives – or destroy them. It’s up to you which side you take.
My thanks go to all the cast, backstage staff, workshop team, technical support, property and costume advisors and publicity team for their support and encouragement; and a special thanks to Caroline Woodley. We have enjoyed being part of a committed team, and hope you enjoy the results of their hard work.”

Programme Note #2: Taking Sides

MW writes: “The reality – After the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich in May 1945, Germany was occupied by the victor powers: Britain, the US, France and the USSR. The capital, like the rest of the country was divided. The US and British were anxious to get Germany back to normal and set up investigations into those who had supported the regime to ensure that they were ‘de-Nazified’ and could return to their pre-war occupations. Only a relatively small number were tried as war criminals at Nuremberg. These included leading Nazis mentioned in the play, and these trials were going on at the same time as the action of the play.
In 1946 much of Germany was still in ruins after the War; this was especially true of Berlin. But every effort was being made by Germans to get back to normal. This involved restarting Germany’s cultural life of which classical music was a key part.”

Programme Note #3: Taking Sides

MW writes: “The play – “Taking Sides” was written in 1995 by Ronald Harwood, a playwright perhaps best know for “The Dresser”. It was first performed at Chichester directed by Harold Pinter and subsequently in the West End starring Daniel Massey and Michael Pennington. Since then, it has been staged worldwide and made into a film starring Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgård.”