Free tickets for octogenarians to mark anniversary

Ben Casson as Demetrius with Jenny Burtenshaw as Helena and Rebecca Polling as Hermia
Ben Casson as Demetrius with Jenny Burtenshaw as Helena and Rebecca Polling as Hermia

SOUTHWICK Players are offering free seats at their shows this year to octogenarians as part of their 80th anniversary celebrations.

This offer was taken up by 19 octogenarians and their guests for the April production of Lettice and Lovage, and now the Players are asking octogenarians to come forward and book their seats to enjoy a performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Established in 1935, the Southwick Players have a rich and award-winning history in amateur theatre in the area and produce a varied programme of plays each year, with a repertoire ranging from contemporary productions, classic plays, musicals, pantomimes and comedy evenings.

Ten pairs of complimentary seats are available for anyone aged 80 years or over to attend matinée performances until the end of the year. Only one of each pair of seats needs to qualify.

The Southwick Players, who perform at the Barn Theatre, at the Southwick Community Centre in Southwick Street, Southwick, has three plays left to perform this year.

Currently in rehearsal is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be followed by Be My Baby in September, the company’s entry in the prestigious Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards, and Brassed Off in December.

President Nigel Bubloz said: “We hope these tickets will be taken up both by people who regularly support our shows but also by those who might be new to enjoying the theatre experience.”

Call the Barn box office on 01273 597094 or visit in person to request the complimentary seats for the 2.30pm performance on Saturday, July 25. These tickets will be available only until July 17. Theatre goers taking up the offer will be welcomed by a member of the organising committee and will receive a complimentary programme.

Complimentary tickets for Be My Baby and Brassed Off will be available six weeks before each performance.