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Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus
Written by Alan Bennett
Directed by Colin Burring
Assistant Producer – Angela Arnell
21 – 26 October 2002


Alan Bennett’s satirical merry-go-round in the home and surroundings of the Wicksteeds in Hove. They put sex and satisfaction of the Corpus (body) before everything else. It is the ruling passion of their lives, which the throbbing permissive society pursues through a maze of mistaken identities and sexual encounters. Bennett at his best!


Mr Arthur Wicksteed – Maurice Tripp
Mrs Muriel Wicksteed – Carol Butler
Master Dennis Wicksteed – Mark Woodham
Miss Constance Wicksteed – Janet Pearce
Mrs Swabb – Margaret Penny
Rev Canon Throbbing – John McLaren
Hon Lady Rumpers – Marion Ellis
Hon Miss Felicity Rumpers – Christine Mabbott
Mr Shanks – John Hart
Sir Percy Shorter – Graeme Horner
Mr Purdue – Brian White


Stage Manager – Len Huntley
Builders and Painters – Len Huntley, Bill Brookes, Eric Crichton
Word Co-Ordinator – Margaret Baird
Lighting – Peter Bennett
Properties – Pamela Horner
Sound Composition – Keith Jarman
Sound Supervisor – Bill Brookes
Wardrobe – Margaret Ball, Molly Graham
Special Props – Eric White
Mr Purdue’s Harness – Hi-Fi Ltd, Manchester
Costumes courtesy of – Oxfam, Mrs Ball, Theatre Wardrobe and the Cast
Wigs – Christine Angell
Shopping Trolley – Morrisons of Erith