The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
May 6, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 1972
by Dorothy Reynolds & Julian Slade
Jack Bingham – The Tramp
Ralph Dawes – Passer by
Sally Bacon – Passer by
Ann Baker – Passer by
Jane Durance – Passer by
Moyra Martin – Passer by
David Creedon – Don
Anthony Deasey – Don
John Davidson – Don
Neil Shepherd – Don
Sylvia Ryall – Jane
Michael Donkin – Timothy
Frances Moulton – Timothy’s Mother
Neil Shepherd – Timothy’s Father
Mary Payne – Aunt Prue
Sheila Wright – Lady Raeburn
Moyra Martin – Heloise
Valerie Burt – Assistant
Barbara Moulton – Manicurist
David Creedon – PC Boot
Ann Baker – Rowena
John Davidson – The Bishop
Nikki Le Roy – Troppo
Jane Durance – A Butterfly Catcher
Susan Hollis – An Artist
Sally Bacon – A Sunbather
Jane Smith – A Tennis Player
Anthony Deasey – Fosdyke
Jack Bingham – Sir Clamsby Williams
Neil Shepherd – Inspector
John Davidson – Nigel
Anthony Deasey – American
Sally Bacon – Shop Girl
Joy Talmage – Theatregoer
Jack Bingham – Theatregoer
Susan Hollis – Lady
David Creedon – Manager
Jane Durance – Fiona
Neil Shepherd – Tom Smith
Barbara Moulton – Waitress
Jane Smith – Slave
Miranda Bowen – Arms Dancer
Anthony Deasey – Arms Dancer
Brian Moulton – Augustine Williams
Sheila Wright – Asphynxia
Anthony Deasey – Pressman
Neil Shepherd – Pressmen
Frances Moulton – Lady
Betty Dawes – Lady
Mary Payne – Lady
Sally Bacon – Lady
David Creedon – Ambrose
Valerie Burt – Marguerite
Moyra Martin – Anthea
Neil Shepherd – Electrode
Anthony Deasey – Uncle Zed
Musical Director – Eric Thompson
Technical Director – George Laye
Design – Richard Porter
Stage Manager – David Wiltshire
Choreography – Miranda Bowen
Production Secretary – Lesley Rogers
Costumes – Pat Moss
Lighting Design – Frank Hurrell
Hair Styles – Janet Leaney
Percussion – David Green
Bass – Stuart Bartholomew
Rehearsal Accompanist – Margaret Ockenden
Assistant Stage Manager – Alan Upton
Assistant Stage Manager – Ethel Barrs
Assistant Stage Manager – Anita Job
Assistant Stage Manager – Roger Job
Wardrobe – Carol Brand
Wardrobe – Pat Mendum
Properties – Margaret Davy
Properties – Frances Thorne
Effects – David Ryall
Effects – Frank Hurrell
Construction – George Laye
Construction – Alan Upton
Front of House Manager – Paul Carpenter
Stills – John Elliott
Box Office – Jean Porter, Tel. Shoreham 3641 and at Southern Organs prior to each production
Programme Note #1: Salad Days
BB wrote: “It has been the policy of the Wick in recent years to present plays of an ever widening production scope and audience appeal. To-night’s play is no exception. Experiments with multi-set plays and the dimension of music in revues and recently Oh, What A Lovely War have enabled us to present this full musical play.
This delightful – almost fairy tale – story was first presented by the Bristol Old Vic in 1954. It is full of comedy and fantasy, a commodity in somewhat short supply these days.
Salad Days has been a long standing ambition of mine to produce. Fantasy and entertainment are my escape. We all of us need the occasional escape from the daily pressures of our over developed industrial society, and I hope you can escape with us for two hours, and having left us after, remain for a while under its whimsical spell!”
Programme Note #2: Salad Days
“We emerged successfully from the looming shadow of the great power cuts and our last production, Lady Windermere’s Fan went off without a hitch. Our audience seemed very enthusiastic about the play and the only real cloud across the scene was the recent death of our President, Mrs. Elizabeth Penney. She had been our foundress and guiding hand for 23 years and we are certain she would have wanted the show to go on as usual.
My very first meeting with ‘Molly’ was at her home during a rehearsal of her own play A Christmas Story, and I recall a great throng of people, some attired in multi coloured blankets, including the Rector Hugh Etherington. The centre of all the activity was Mrs. Penney, vital, authoritative, completely ‘at home’ among a crowd of young people. In fact, this was one of her great virtues – being involved and identifying with the younger generation – a mother figure.
The loss of Molly ends an era and it is proper to reflect in these notes on her achievements apart from bringing the Wick into being. Her play A Christmas Story was presented three times at the Barn Theatre by the company and was always a moving experience, particularly in 1965 when it was dressed in Byzantine style with appropriate decor. She acted and produced, although for the most part was content to guide. She played Lady Bracknell and the old Queen in Becket.
She had a great facility with words and wrote several short plays some of which, including a Festival of Britain pageant script, were performed by the Young Wick in the 1950’s. Her most imaginative work was probably in her few poems: several of which she entered in the annual Southwick Arts Festival. Some of you will recall that Mrs. Penney, year after year took prizes in practically every section of the Arts from Creative writing, through painting to floral decoration. Perhaps her very variety of skills and diversity of interest is epitomised by her being Individual Cup Winner and First Lady of Southwick on so many occasions.”
PS for the first time the programme carried “Patrons are requested not to smoke in the auditorium”
Publicity #1: Salad Days
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: April 14 1972 issue – page 2
Text Header: “All on hand for ‘Salad Days’ ”
The entire membership of Wick Theatre Company will be on hand for the forthcoming production of Salad Days which will be given an extra performance on Saturday May 6, and then have a run from May 9 to 16 [sic] inclusive, at the Barn Theatre, Southwick. Bookings are coming in rapidly and seats can be obtained by dialling 873641.
Producer is Barrie Bowen.
Publicity #2: Salad Days
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: April 28 1972 issue – page 2
Text Header: “‘Salad Days’ creates a rush”
SO great has been the demand for tickets for Wick Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of Salad Days that an extra performance is to be given on a day in advance of the weekly of production. More than 750 tickets were sold before the posters went up advertising the production.
The show is being presented at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, from May 9 to 13 at 7.45 p.m.
The musical entertainment, by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade, will be produced by Barrie Bowen. Eric Thompson and Peggy King are in charge of the musical arrangements and Barrie’s wife Miranda, is coaching the dancers. Leading rôles will be played by Sylvia Ryall, Michael Donkin, Sheila Wright, Jane Durrance and David Creedon. Nikki Le Roy will repeat his performance as Troppo.
The box office at Southern Organs, Southwick-square, will be open on Monday, but tickets can be obtained before then by telephoning Shoreham 3641.
Review #1: Salad Days
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: May 12 1972 issue – page 3
Reviewer: Ken King
Text Header: “‘SALAD DAYS’ IS FIRST CLASS”
Wick Theatre Company’s production of Salad Days at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, this week, was absolutely first class. The whole cast, by concerted team work, capture the mood of this delightful musical by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade and bring out its vivacity and, at times, drollness.
The singing and dancing are in the first flight and the acting is of the same high standard. Timing, which is important to every production, is excellent. The show is beautifully lighted and the decor is right. Sound and scenic effects come over well. Sylvia Ryall and Michael Donkin have the leads of Jane and Timothy and prove effective in their song and dance duets. David Creedon gives a gem of a performance as PC Boot and Nikki Le Roy is perfect as Troppo. Jack Bingham The Tramp to life in short appearances and again is good as Sir Clamsby Williams. David Creedon gives a good study of an effeminate hairdresser. The score came over well, especially lilting tunes such as ‘Look At Me I’m Dancing’, ‘It’s Easy to Sing a Simple Song’, and ‘We Could Never Look Back’.
This is really a superb production.
Producer Barrie Bowen is to be congratulated.
Review #2: Salad Days
Publication: Brighton & Hove Gazette
Publication Data: Unknown
Reviewer: Walter Hix
Text Header: “Delightful ‘Days’ at Southwick”
Salad Days, currently presented at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, by Wick Theatre Company, is a hard-working play. Not only are there nearly 60 characters which 23 artists must portray with all the attendant changes of costume, there are 19 different scenes and there is the music. Probably the most hard-worked of the cast is David Creedon, who starting as one of the university dons becomes the sadly put upon PC Boot, evolves into the manager of the Cleopatra night club and the precious haute couturier Ambrose – all of them with a tremendous diversity and all of them well done.
The leading rôles of Jane and Timothy are taken by Sylvia Ryall and Michael Donkin. Their songs are well handled, their characterisations are bright and cheerful, they help the play to go bubbling along from start to finish. John Davidson goes from dancing Bishop to very aristocratic Nigel Danvers, and Sheila Wright is a very good Lady Raeburn, joining Frances Moulton as Timothy’s mother in the delightful duet ‘We Don’t Understand Our Children’, and as the excruciating-voiced night club singer Asphynxia. Jack Bingham is the tramp who owns the piano that makes people dance and he is also Sir Clamsby Williams of the Foreign Office. Anthony Deasey has a marathon of appearances as a don, as Sir Clamsby’s assistant Fosdyke, as an American, as one of the arms dancers, as a Pressman and as Uncle Zed. Neil Shephard also has a goodly stint as a don, as Timothy’s father, as a police inspector, as Tom Smith and as Uncle Zed’s flying saucer pilot Electrode. Troppo, the deaf mute put in charge of the piano is played by Nikki Le Roy.
Other taking part and all of them playing various parts are: Ralph Dawes [as passer by and Augustine Williams], Sally Bacon, Ann Baker [a delightfully pert Rowena], Jane Durance [Fiona], Moyra Martin, Mary Payne, Valerie Burt, Barbara Moulton, Susan Hollis, Jane Smith, Joy Talmage and Betty Dawes. Miranda Bowen arranged arranged the dancers and appeared as the principal arms dancer.
Eric Thompson was musical director and, with Peggy King, provided the music on two pianos with David Green on percussion and Stuart Bartholomew on double bass. The music is delightful and excellently played. Other well deserved credits are to Barrie Bowen for astute direction, to Pat Moss for costumes and to Richard Porter for well organised and practical stage design.
You have one more opportunity this evening to see this delightful show but ring Jean Porter on Shoreham 3641 in case they are sold out.