The exhibition was photographed by Miles Davies.
The Southwick [Sussex] Society hosted the Heritage Lottery funded exhibition in The Manor Cottage. Southwick Street, Southwick.
The building dates from about the mid 15th century and was built as an open hall with an oak frame, wattle and daub walls and probably a thatched roof.
1 : On display were three costumes from Brief Encounter – October 2017 ; Cherry Orchard – September 2014 ; Abigail’s Party – March 2009.
2 : A wall of early black and white portraits – top row – Ralph Dawes and Betty Dawes flank Molly Penney.
3 : A display case of props from numerous productions
4 : Are You Being Served – 2006 January ; Remote controlled to ‘chatter’ inside underpants on a shop mannequin.
5 : Accidental Death of an Anarchist – 2016 October ; Wooden leg worn by Phil ‘The Anarchist’ Brown fashioned by Carl Gray member of workshop team.
6 : Alice in Wonderland – 1989 December ; Crown made by Bess Blagden, probably for 1965 production Queen and the Welshman which Bess directed. Bess crafted many props, the goblets another example, at her kitchen table. And many survived to be re-used 30 years later!
7 : Bess Blagden’s goblets
8 : Night Watch – 1988 December ; Set model by Amanda Dawes
9 : Othello – 1975 May ; Starter box of make-up provided by director Nikki Le Roy to Peter Joyce.
10 : Pygmalion – 1986 September ; Flowers made of felt by William Colegrave. Material used because of fire regulations at the time; felt burned slower than silk.
11 : Arcadia – 1999 October ; Wooden cone made to comply with design of character Augusta Coverley played by Tom Griffiths.
12 : Anastasia – 1985 March ; Night Watch – 1988 December ; Lloyd George Knew My Father – 1989 – June ; This grand-father clock, designed by Amanda Dawes, has told the time in all three productions.
Visitors – of which there were some 125 over the four days – browse the informational boards detailing significant events from each of the seven decades. see the blog post Informational Boards for further details.
Three audio stands were built for the exhibitionby Carl Gray of Wick Theatre’s workshop team. As may be observed, two sets of headphones enabled visitors to hear one of four short excerpts. The twelve audio files maybe heard on the Audio page
The exhibition was in two rooms. The second housed a screen for viewing of talking heads. Three headphones were linked to enable a group to enjoy the reminiscenses, without disturbing other visitors.
Hanging behind the screen are portraits of George Penney [1900 – 1990] and Elizabeth ‘Molly’ Penney [1903 – 1972], Wick Theatre’s benefactors from its earliest days – informational board 1950
In the centre of the main room a table of artefacts from early days drew much close attention.
26 – Amanda Evans [nee Dawes] the exhibition’s curator discusses with Rosemary and Lucien Bouchy the items, many from her late mother Betty’s collection.
29 – This programme from the December 1954 production of Rookery Nook was brought in by a visitor who had held on to the item as a memento of his visit to the theatre with his girlfriend; their first date. He donated the memory to the Wick archive.
The many hands that were involved in mounting the exhibition were thanked.