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The Deep Blue Sea

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

April 12, 13 & 14 1962

The Deep Blue Sea

by Terence Rattigan

Directed by
George Porter

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“tiny flaws”
– Shoreham Herald –


Helen Suter – Mrs. Elton

Raymond Hopper – Philip Welch

Elizabeth Courtney-King – Ann Welch

Jean Porter – Hester Collyer

Ian Barnett – Mr. Miller

John Perrett – Sir William Collyer

Barrie Bowen – Freddie Page

Ralph Dawes – Jackie Jackson


Production Crew

Stage ManagerClodagh O’Farrell

ASMMary Chinchen

LightingFrank Hurrell

Sound EffectsGraham Snow

WardrobeBess Blagden

DecorBess Blagden

PropertiesJoan Corney

PropertiesMargaret Perrett

Stage StaffMichael Davy

Stage StaffMaureen Hammonds

Stage StaffFrances Thorne

Set Design & ConstructionJohn Perrett

Set Design & ConstructionHarry Chinchen

Set Design & ConstructionMichael Davy

Front of House ManagerGeorge Penney


Programme Note:

GP wrote: “One of the characters in this play says rather priggishly, that he is ‘awfully interested’ in the problem of Heather Collyer and Freddie Page because ‘it throws a sort of light on human nature, really.’

I am interested in the play because Terrence Rattigan has given us, in Hester and Freddie, two beautifully drawn characters in a situation which recurs right down through history. It is the raw stuff of life, where an irrational love strips away all props of morality and ethics and becomes the sole reason for living ….. almost.

I hope in this presentation you will find something of real value, a moment or two of theatrical experience which will linger with you afterwards. That is what the cast and I aim towards. If we succeed in some measure, then we are helping to make the Amateur Theatre worthwhile and that is our constant endeavour.”