Production 184 Drowning on Dry Land

Drowning on Dry LandBy Alan Ayckbourn

Performed on Wed 30th March to Sat 2nd April 2011 at The Kilshawe Theatre


The Cast

The Cast

Charlie Conrad Howard Marshall
Linzi Ellison Sophie Chadwick
Jason Ratcliffe Tim Wales
Hugo de Préscourt, QC Jonathan Howlett
Gale Gilchrist Debbie Pinfold
Marsha Bates Louisa Jackson
Simeon Diggs Fred Sawyer
Laura Gabriella Rye
Katie Catherine Westbrook

Cast of Drowning on Dry Land








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Drowning on Dry Land

Sophie Chadwick as Linzi Ellison,Gabriella Rye as Laura & Catherine Westbrook as Katie

Guild comedy moves into black humour

The Guild Players certainly lived up to their reputation of one of Kent's finest amateur dramatic groups with their performances of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy Drowning on Dry Land. Skilfully staged in the Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, the cast were clearly on top form on the last night of their four night run. Some delightful comedic moments with particularly strong performances from Howard Marshall as Charlie, Debbie Pinfold as Gale, Louisa Jackson as Marsha/Mr Chortles and Sophie Chadwick as Linzi. The slapstick finale to the first scene had the audience laughing uproariously. The second part moved us into black humour and pathos with a very strong performance from Jonathan Howlett as Hugo in a surprising al fresco 'courtroom scene'. The Guild Players guided by director Duncan Currie can be justifiably proud of their performance.

Mike Perkins
Published in The East Kent Mercury April 21st 2011

Jonathan Howlett as Hugo de Préscourt, QC and Louisa Jackson as Marsha Bates

Obsession with celebrity is theme of acid comedy

Laughs galore are promised when the Deal-based Guild Players present Alan Ayckbourn's Drowning on Dry Land. The director is Duncan Currie, also the group's publicity officer, who described the play as a cracking comedy. He said "After a bit of a setback last summer when we had to cancel a show called Wedding of the Year, and following a decision not to attempt a Christmas show The Guild Players have now regrouped and have been rehearsing since September for Drowning on Dry Land". It will be performed on March 30th to April 2nd. "This is a cracking comedy from Britain's most popular playwright and it is Ayckbourn's 66th play, written in 2004. The central theme is the unthinking celebration of contemporary celebrities, even if their status has been derived from failure". Ayckbourn has said that he was inspired by an incident captured in Piers Morgan's 2003 television documentary The Importance of Being Famous, in which a young girl jumped up and down asking 'Am I famous yet?'. In this acid and funny play, Drowning on Dry Land examines the current obsession with celebrity for its own sake and chillingly but hilariously demonstrates how celebrities can be destroyed as quickly as they can be made. The Guild Players amateur theatre group has been going since 1956. Amanda Fielden is the producer; the executive producer is Debbie Pinfold; and the set director is Neil Hornsey.

Published in The East Kent Mercury January 27th 2011

Louisa Jackson as Marsh Bates (Mr. Chortles)

Seeing the funny side of celebrity

Tickets are now on sale for the next production from The Guild Players, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. The cult of celebrity will be explored in Drowning on Dry Land, to be presented at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George's Hall, High St, Deal, from Wednesday, March 30th to Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm. To buy tickets phone 0845 241 2581, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Peppers, High St, Deal. The Deal Bookshop, Broad St, Deal, or The Sandwich Bookshop, King St, Sandwich. Or visit

Published in The East Kent Mercury March 3rd 2011

Production Team

Production Team

Director Duncan Currie
Producer Amanda Fielden
Executive Producer Debbie Pinfold
Stage Manager Faye Barnsley
Set Design Neil Hornsey
Set Construction Neil Hornsey & Mike Pinfold
Set Painting Sophie Chadwick, Alex Currie, Duncan Currie, Lynne Frackleton, Neil Hornsey, Louisa Jackson, Angela Jeffery, Howard Marshall, Charlotte Martin, Mica Pinfold, Mike Pinfold, Debbie Pinfold & Tim Wales
Lighting and Sound Daryl Brooks & Stephen Brooks
Prompt Angela Jeffery
Costume Designer Gill Smith
Make-up Artists Zoë Mitford & Suzanna Forrister
Child Chaperone Linda Westbrook
Poster/Programme Design Debbie Pinfold
Photography/Printing Mike Pinfold
Advanced Bookings Patsy Grant
Publicity Management Sophie Chadwick, Duncan Currie, Angela Jeffery, Howard Marshall & Debbie Pinfold
Front of House Coordinators Duncan Currie & Amanda Fielden
Front of House Barry Barnsley, Vicky Barnsley, Lynne Frackleton, Patsy Grant, Caroline Grant, Anne Henson, Kate Hibbert, Mary Kettyle, James Peacock, Mica Pinfold, Alexandra Rye & Linda Westbrook

Howard Marshall as Charlie Conrad & Louisa Jackson as Marsh Bates (Mr. Chortles)Make up Artists Zoë Mitford and Suzanna Forrister Working Backstage