The Lark

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 1974

The Lark

by Jean Anouilh

Directed by
Anna Welsh

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“Superb acting”

– Shoreham Herald –


Barrie Bowen – Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick

Roger Stott – Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais

Monica Joyce – Joan

Ralph Dawes – Her Father

Betty Dawes – Her Mother

Paul Thompson – Her Brother

George Porter – The Promoter

Douglas Tucker – The Inquisitor

Peter Joyce – Brother Ladvenu

Alan Upton – Robert de Beaudricourt

Ralph Warman – Boudousse, a guard

Ann Baker – Agnes Sorel

Sheila Deasey – The Young Queen

Neil McKellar – Charles, The Dauphin

Ulla Sharman – Queen Yolande

Bill Mack – Archbishop of Rheims

Peter Murrell – M. De La Tremouille

Laura Martin – Page to the Dauphin

Jack Bingham – Captain La Hire

Alan Upton – The Hangman

Paul Vrettos – An English Soldier

Peter Harrison – A Monk


Production Crew

ProducerBill Mack

Stage ManagerPaul Vrettos

Assistant Stage ManagerEthel Barrs

Assistant Stage ManagerFrances Thorne

Assistant Stage ManagerRalph Warman

Assistant Stage ManagerPeter Harrison

Set DesignSue Chaplin [based on a design by Jean-Denis Malcles]

Set ConstructionPaul Vrettos

CostumesDiana Parrish

Lighting PlotFrank Hurrell

SoundRoger Stott

SoundAndrew Theaker

PropertiesMargaret Davy


Programme Note #1: The Lark

AW wrote: “Jean Anouilh has written The Lark on his recurring theme of the persecution of the innocent.
In this production I have taken ‘the innocent’ as the artist in society – suffering, under the weight of his talent, manipulation, misunderstanding, and even hatred from the different groups in which he finds himself, albeit receiving sympathy, help and encouragement in like measure. The author has presented his argument in the wrapping of a charming comedy.”

Programme Note #2: The Lark

“In recent years we have established a strong and successful tradition for plays set in the medieval/renaissance period: our productions of A Man for All Seasons, Beckett, and A Lion in Winter are still frequently referred to, by cast and audience alike. We are confident that The Lark will do full justice to this tradition.

Anna Welsh has not directed before but she brings to the task her years of experience as a professional actress. Sadly, this will probably be the last part that Ann Baker plays for us as she plans to go to live in Athens early next year. We have also lost Tony Morrison, one of our most dedicated back stage members; Tony is now working in North Africa.

The Secretary Bird will probably have been cast by the time this production opens and this delightful comedy should do something to cheer up what could be a rather dismal February! ”