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PRODUCTION DETAILS

TITLE: Season’s Greetings  PLAYWRIGHT: Alan Ayckbourn PERFORMANCE DATES: 21st-23rd November 2013  DIRECTOR: Sadie Ashton 

CAST

Neville Bunker Graeme Parker Belinda, his wife Linda Baillie Phyllis, his sister Barbara Miller Harvey, his uncle David Lane Bernard, Phyllis’ husband George Horne Rachel, Belinda’s sister Jill Pearson Eddie Brian Rowland Pattie, Eddie’s wife Nicki Clay Clive Phil Pickering Click HERE for full Cast and Crew details  Click HERE for production programme 

SYNOPSIS

It is Christmas at Belinda and Neville’s house and they have invited their family for a  traditional Christmas celebration. The guests include: Neville’s exhausted sister Phyllis;  her husband Bernard, a doctor whose annual puppet shows are the stuff of legend and  terror to both young and old alike; Neville’s friend Eddie and his pregnant wife Pattie;  uncle Harvey, a slightly senile retired security guard and a television-addict; Belinda’s  unmarried sister, Rachel; Clive, a writer and friend of Rachel.  Clive arrives late by train, is missed by Rachel, and is instead welcomed by Belinda,  who is immediately attracted to him. Harvey, as a result of a misunderstanding, takes  an immediate dislike to Clive, believing him to be a homosexual and prospective thief.  Clive falls for the frustrated Belinda after Rachel tells him she is looking for no more  than friendship. He and Belinda attempt to fulfil their passions beneath the Christmas  tree, but are discovered when they set off the various electronic toys and lights beneath  the tree in, initially, their lust and then their desperate attempts to turn everything off.  On Boxing Day, Clive arranges to leave as soon as he can. Meanwhile, rehearsals are  taking place for Bernard’s puppet show The Three Little Pigs, all his efforts being  undermined by Harvey. Bernard eventually snaps and tirades against Harvey. Very  early the following morning, Clive, in the process of leaving, is intercepted by Harvey  who believes he is a thief taking all the presents. Harvey promptly shoots Clive, who is  pronounced dead by the ineffectual Bernard. The ‘corpse’ promptly lets out a moan and  calls for Belinda, rather than Rachel. He is taken to hospital and Belinda and Neville  are left together, Neville choosing to ignore all that has happened. 

SEASON’S GREETINGS (2013)

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CHAIRMAN’S PRODUCTION NOTES

HELLO AND WELCOME TO ‘SEASON’S GREETINGS’ ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND ALL OF THE MONDAY PLAYERS. Internationally, 1993 heralded some bold initiatives and new beginnings:  a signed agreement involving the Middle East; a peace pact in Northern Island; a Nobel  Peace Prize to mark the end of apartheid in South Africa.    We weren’t on the world stage, but in the autumn of that year, a small group of local  people gathered under the leadership of Sadie Ashton to create our first play on 3rd  and 4th of December 1993 – Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn. A bold initiative  and a new beginning!   Tonight’s anniversary show, and only repeat in twenty years, will be our seventh  Ayckbourn play and fortieth production – 34 plays, 5 cabaret evenings and a  pantomime since 1993.  Our catalogue of productions over the past two decades shows diversity, development,  ambition and challenge. The recreational rewards – the achievement and pleasure of  storytelling; the fellowship generated by common purpose is as strong as ever.  Season’s Greetings 2013 has not lost any of its complexity or challenge for us, and we  hope that this version will be just as entertaining.  Finally, we thank many of you for your patronage and generous support over the years,  it is much appreciated. Enjoy the play. David Lane 

LETTER FROM ALAN AYCKBOURN

IN RESPONSE TO OUR INVITATION TO ATTEND OUR PRODUCTION THE MONDAY  PLAYERS RECEIVED THESE KIND WORDS FROM PLAYWRIGHT SIR ALAN  AYCKBOURN: