Stage & Screen

Today Southwick has a thriving and established theatrical scene, thanks to The Barn Theatre. The old flint barn that houses the auditorium is itself at least 200 years old. Some of its stones were originally part of the Roman Villa that was once on the site now occupied by the Methodist Church on the corner […]


NODA is the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, working to help and support amateur theatre companies since 1899. Wick Theatre Company has been a member for a number of years and NODA Today ran this piece in November 2018. “Back in 1948, stage struck members of a youth club in Southwick, West Sussex, persuaded their […]

Press coverage

Much has been made of the local press being battered by on-line newbies but in Southwick we are well served by the local Shoreham Herald. Correspondent: Elaine Hammond Email Published: 09:01 Wednesday 27 June 2018 This Ground-breaking exhibition tells theatre company history A fascinating exhibition of Wick Theatre Company’s history has been put together to […]

Fire Brigade

1987 October 29 Extract from Minute of Council 44/87 New Dressing Rooms & Four Year Plan In presenting the Four Year Plan now approved in principle by the Executive Committee, Barrie Bowen reviewed the History and growth of the Association and the various stages, alterations and additions which have been made to the Centre. In […]

Wick News Report

Wick Theatre Company’s exciting Heritage Exhibition, July 2018 “Bringing Theatre to Southwick for 70 years” WICK NEWS AUGUST 2018 p4 – edited by Rosemary Bouchy Many months of hard work from the team – Peter Joyce (organiser of the lottery win), Amanda Evans, Ralph Dawes, Margaret Davy and Sue Whittaker – went into the presentation […]

Thank you

The ‘Bringing Theatre to Southwick for 70 Years’ exhibition would not have come to fruition without the input from : Exhibition organisers Margaret Davy Jonathan Dawes Ralph Dawes Amanda Evans Jonathan Evans Olivia Evans Sophie Gale Sam Gander Carl Gray Richard Joyce Peter Joyce Sue Whittaker & Southwick Print Limited Brighton and Hove Plastics   […]

Barn Improvement 1994 – 1996

1994 September – Wick News – The Barn For some time it has been intended to make some improvements to stage facilities in the Barn Theatre. With the increased likelihood of funding being available once the national lottery begins, plans are afoot. Wick will have the opportunity to contribute ideas along with other users. Current […]

Elizabeth ‘Molly’ Penney

24 . 03 . 1903 – 02 . 02 . 1972 1972 February 4 – Shoreham Herald – page 15 ” Death of Mrs Molly Penney ” The death took place on Wednesday of Mrs Molly Penney, wife of county alderman George Penney, of 26 Church-lane, Southwick. Mrs Penney, who was born in Keymer, Sussex, […]

Miss Dorothy Stringer

WHO WAS DOROTHY STRINGER? BORN IN BRIGHTON in 1894, Dorothy Stringer belonged to a family well known for their contributions to public life. Her father, Joseph Stringer, was an alderman, her mother Emma was a member of the Board of Guardians and a cousin, Herbert Galliers was Mayor of Brighton in 1929. Dorothy followed in […]


verb – 1.to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy 2.to make obscure or unclear The one-act drama festivals organised by the Sussex County Education Committee throughout the 1960s at numerous locations across County had always resulted in a production being promoted to the next round. And of course those of us moving ahead thought ourselves as winning that festival. […]