Wick raid television’s cupboard of sitcom







‘Allo ‘Allo

Directed by : Tony Brownings

This 1980s comedy has a French cafe owner trying to ride out World War II. Caught between the Gestapo and the Resistance and forced into working with both, René also struggles to hide evidence of his affairs with his two waitresses from his wife, who, though she can’t carry a tune, frequently performs as a singer in the cafe.

December 19  – Shoreham Herald – page 5  – Jamie Hailstone

“NOW LISTEN very carefully, I shall say zees only once – Wick Theatre Company’s production of ’Allo ’Allo was très magnifique!  The whole cast gave first-rate performances, and the audience laughed throughout.”

Shoreham Herald – review


The Darling Buds of May

Directed by : Bob Ryder  &  Mark Best

This 1990s show follows the raucous adventures of the Larkin clan and the local tax collector. Ma and Pop Larkin have a large brood, living in 1950s rural Kent. They have six children — eldest daughter Mariette entrances tax collector Cedric, and the Larkins introduce Cedric — whom they call Charlie — to their way of life, which he finds much more compelling than work at the office.

June 2 – Shoreham Herald – page 5 – Maria Abrams

“The company also took the opportunity to blood a few members of their youth section with Rhiannon Whelan and Jessica Groves particularly noteworthy as the twins. The set was dressed with real foliage and hay bales and the sound and lighting effects added to the atmosphere beautifully. The quality of this production was superb as one has come to expect from The Wick, which must be considered one of the strongest amateur companies in the county. It was perfick!”


Are You Being Served?

Directed by : Peter Thompson

Kieran Brannlund [Miss Brahms] – Maggie Pierce [Mrs Slocombe] – Mark Best [Mr Marsh] – Bob Ryder [Capt. Peacock]
Dad’s Army

Directed by : Tony Brownings

These two were performed as a double-bill :  first the 1970s comedy ‘Are You Being Served?’ which follows the exploits of employees at London’s Grace Brothers department store. It is full of sexual innuendo, slapstick, visual gags and double entendres. Much of the show’s humor parodies Britain’s class system, with the characters rarely calling their co-workers by their given names.

The second, the late 1960s sitcom, ‘Dad’s Army’ is all about th misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard volunteers preparing for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Brighton Argus – Barrie Jerram

“The Wick Theatre Company, following successful staging of Allo Allo and The Darling Buds of May, have once again raided television’s cupboard of sitcom and found stage versions of two more popular programmes. It has to be said that the evening was show of two halves and was not the total success that is expected from this usually reliable company.

It is the dated Are You Being Served? that disappointed, having as it did a very weak script that received and extremely pedestrian production.

It was in the second half that the evening took off with the much loved Dad’s Army and the arrival of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard. ”


Abigail’s Party

Directed by : Tony Brownings

Publicity display within library Hove East Sussex

A play for stage and television devised and directed in 1977 by Mike Leigh. It is a suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s.

Director Tony Brownings said : “My two favourite descriptions of the play are ‘The most painful hundred minutes in British comedy drama’ and ‘An appalling evening of domestic entertaining in suburbia’.

March 5 – Remote Goat -on line – Jill Lawrie

“This cast of 5 truly brought the decade to life. Natalie Colgate was superb as the domineering hostess with her provocative dancing and intimidating nature. She epitomised the character completely. Mark Best excelled as her hen pecked provider and the chemistry between the other 3 characters Anna Quick, Guy Steddon and Hazel Starns was flawless.”

July – Wick Newsletter – ABIGAIL DOES IT AGAIN!

Playing to packed houses and receiving a whole raft of great press reviews weren’t enough for Abigail’s Party. Tony Brownings and team have won an “Accolade of Excellence” from NODA in Wick’s very first months of membership.

Shoream Herald – NODA Award report

So Tony, along with assorted members of cast and crew, turned up at the Priory School in Lewes on a very wet Saturday afternoon to receive the official certificates during the NODA South East Region day.

Natalie Notley and Tony Brownings receiving the NODA award

Handing it over, Phillip Hall, our district representative, was quick to point out that the award had nothing to do with our being new members!

He considered the whole production to be absolutely first class, and was particularly impressed by the fact that Wick did not attempt a recreation of the well-known version starring Allison Steadman.

The show, he said, “was quite original with an excellent and inspired cast”.