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Woman in Mind

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

June 7, 8, 9, 10 2023

Woman in Mind

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Mike Wells

YouTube trailer link

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“Challenging, stimulating and thoughtful”
– Mike Aiken –


SusanEmily Dennett

Dr Bill WindsorDavid Peaty

Rev. Gerald GannetDan Dryer

MurielRosy Armitage

Andy Barry Syder

Lucy Gala Orsborn

Tony Giles Newlyn-Bowmer

Rick Sam Masters

Production Crew

Stage ManagerPeter Joyce

Deputy Stage ManagerJohn Garland

Lighting DesignMartin Oakley

Lighting DesignSusanne Crosby

Lighting Operation Martin Oakley

Lighting OperationSusanne Crosby

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound Operation – Jeff Woodford [member of Southwick Players]

Wardrobe and Costume Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe and Costume Lindsay Midali

PropertiesDi Tidzer

PropertiesLindsay Midali

PropertiesDoffey Reid

Set Design, Construction and PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Design, Construction and PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Design, Construction and PaintingDave Comber

Set Design, Construction and PaintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Design, Construction and PaintingMike King

Set Design, Construction and PaintingSue Netley

Set Design, Construction and PaintingGary Walker

Promotional Photography – Phil Nair-Brown

Dress Rehearsal Photography – Sam Taylor

Programme Cover, Flyer and Poster Artwork Judith Berrill

Publicity and ProgrammeSuse Crosby

Films – TrailerPhil Nair-Brown

Programme Note #1: Woman in Mind

MW writes: “Wick Theatre Company have a fine record of productions of the plays of Sir Alan Ayckbourn whose 89 plays have been deservedly popular since his first big success Relatively Speaking in 1965. He has continued to be loyal to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough where most of his plays have been premiered, in 1985.

This intriguing and unusual play was performed in the West End with Julia McKenzie in the leading role in 1986. Stockard Channing played Susan in New York in 1989.

Like much of his work. this is a mixture of comedy and a darker view of the human condition. The entire action takes place in the mind of the leading chracter: Susan The audience experiences what she sees and hears. When she hits her head doing some gardening, her real life becomes entangled with the life of her imagination. The results are sometimes comic and sometimes more disturbing.

The play is a particular favourite of mine: I directed it in 1987 and I amd delighted to revisit it to find that its insights and themes remain relevant and that juxtaposition of humour and pathos is just as original and entertaining.

Wick’s cast is a mixture of seasoned Barn performers and talented newcomers, and rehearsals have been a real pleasure.

I would like to thank the very dedicated and skilled backstage team for their great support and hope once again the work of one of Britains great playwrights will both delight and move audiences.