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Pride and Prejudice

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 1970

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austin dramatised by Helen Jerome

Directed by
Frances Moulton

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“Magnificent, first class Wick”
– Shoreham Herald –


Nikki Le Roy – Mr. Bennet

Jean Porter – Mrs. Bennet

Audrey Laye – Lady Lucas

Sheila Deasey – Charlotte Lucas

Susan Brown – Elizabeth Bennet

Susan Welton – Jane Bennet

Coral Guildford – Lydia Bennet

Neil Shepherd – Mr. Darcy

Michael Padley – Mr. Bingley

Ralph Dawes – Mr. Collins

Richard Porter – Mr. Wickham

Margaret Ockenden – Miss Bingley

Valerie Bingham – The Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Ronald Bolt – Col. the Hon. Guy Fitzwilliam

Betty Dawes – Mrs. Gardiner

Joy Talmage – Hill, the Bennett Maid

Hilary Wiltshire – A Nurse [Mrs. Lake]

Mary Paine – Maggie

Hilary Goldsmith – play other parts

Julia Mathews – play other parts

Anthony Deasey – play other parts

Rickard Coussins – play other parts


Production Crew

Stage ManagerBarrie Bowen

Assistant Stage ManagerAubrey Wooton

WardrobePat Moss

WardrobeCarol Brand

EffectsTerry Gibbs

EffectsFrank Hurrell

LightingFrank Hurrell

PropertiesFrances Thorne

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Front of House ManagerGeorge Laye

Publicity DesignAndrew Edwards


Programme Note #1: Pride and Prejudice

BETTY DAWES is one of the founder members still with WICK. Amongst her many acting rôles, one will recall her Emma in Sailor Beware! and Watch It, Sailor, Blithe Spirit, The Hollow, The Happiest Days of Your Life and countless more. Betty is also a producer with The Girl Who Couldn’t Quite, our fiftieth production A Touch of the Poet and a home-grown revue, Wickerwork, all to her credit.

Together with husband Ralph she is devising an experimental piece of drama on the theme of Discovery. This relies on the creative thinking of all involved. Its purpose is to extend the training of younger actors and would-be producers. It is to be part of a combined multi-team presentation at the Chichester Festival Theatre on February 23 next year.

Betty’s longer term ambitions seem to lie in production with hopes of one day presenting Death of a Salesman, The Rainmaker or The Winslow Boy. These varied experiences as actress and producer are a valuable asset to us and we can look forward to seeing the results of her ambitions in the not too distant future.

NEIL SHEPHARD’s first taste of acting was as a 6th form Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew although his Southampton University reading of modern languages prevented any further acting for a time. Petruchio had exposed him to the benefits of acting. To quote – ‘it has helped me escape my routine and discovered another self, whilst at the same time having a pleasant social life thrown in.’

Neil came to WICK in May 1969 to restart his acting interest and appeared at that time in Boeing-Boeing. Since then he has been busy along with most of the males in the company and has played in Wait Until Dark, Hotel Paradiso and Oh! What a Lovely War. Acting for Neil not only satisfies a creative thirst and social need, but he finds the challenge of variety between comedy and drama, and the diversity of skills required throughout the company to produce these plays, stimulating. These many facets of WICK all contribute to his satisfaction of belonging to a ‘polished team’ – to quote again. Well, if he’s right let’s hope we can maintain an attractive lustre for Neil and others like him.

Programme Note #2: Pride and Prejudice

“Fresh from Oh! What a Lovely War – an ambition achieved – we return to traditional theatre. To find a member uninvolved is currently most difficult. Whilst we like to see all members occupied it can have its problems. Often we have to forgo many embellishments that more time or members would otherwise allow us to develop for the good of the play and your enjoyment. Having said that let us point out that we are not making any excuses but rather an advertisement.

We have welcomed several new faces this season and, with a few more similar skills, an extension of ideas would soon be seen in the theatre. Those of you or your friends who are remotely interested are promised a full social life and, most of all, theatrical recreation. We’re not difficult to get to know so why not come along and prove it.
We like the life and we are sure you would too.

We met most Mondays at the Community Centre adjoining this theatre or you can contact us through the Secretary,
Jean Porter, 26 Norman Crescent, Shoreham. Telephone 3641.