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How The Other Half Loves

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

May 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 1978

How The Other Half Loves

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by
George Porter

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“Production of rare brilliance”
– Shoreham Herald BHAC –


Alan Upton – Frank Foster

Jean Porter – Fiona Foster

Roger Job – Bob Phillips

Miranda Bowen – Terry Phillips

Tim Cara – William Featherstone

Jeanette Goode – Mary Featherstone


Production Crew

Set DesignGeorge Porter

Stage ManagerPeter Joyce

AssistantMargaret Ockenden

LightingAndrew Theaker

PropertiesFrances Thorne

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Front of HouseFrances Moulton


Programme Note #1: How The Other Half Loves

GP wrote: “If you’re going to do a situation comedy why not start with a really bizarre situation – why not mix up the Foster’s and the Phillips’ houses on the same stage – two in one so to speak! And why not play tricks with time so that we can see events on Thursday and Friday at the same time!

With such ingenuity Ayckbourn provides himself with a superb background to play out a series of hilarious situations. He is a master of the comedy of everyday speech. Ayckbourn’s situations need good team work and casting. I hope we’ve found the right balance and that you will be vastly entertained by these ‘odd Ayckbourn people'”.

Programme Note #2: How The Other Half Loves

How The Other Half Loves sees a welcome return to the Barn stage of Jean Porter, Alan Upton and Miranda Bowen, all of whom have been away from acting for some time.

Jean’s last appearance was a lead in the Marquise, Noël Coward’s play so enjoyed by all. Behind the scenes Jean was hard at work to direct the tremendous success, My Fair Lady.

Miranda was last seen in The Secretary Bird some three years ago. In the meantime a house move back into Southwick and a growing family meant little time for the boards. We welcome her return.

Jeanette Goode joined us early last year and a resounding success in Barretts of Wimpole Street. Since then Jeanette has proved her back stage uses in putting the youngsters through their dancing paces for Where the Rainbow Ends.

Alan Upton is well remembered for his Felix in The Odd Couple and Tim Cara was in the last Wick production of Rainbow.

Roger Job has appeared regularly in our plays, he was in Intent to Murder and the earlier Ayckbourn.

George Porter is one of a small band of directors, within the company and has had many notable successes.

Every one connected to the play has had a lot of enjoyment and it is hoped that you will too.