The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
June 26, 27, 28, & 29 2019
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by John Garland
Brother and sister, Martin and Hilda Massie, have recently moved to the Bluebell Hill Development, hoping to continue their quiet lives in new idyllic surroundings.
Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies’ neighbours join Martin in forming a group to safeguard against further incidents. But, after an act of vandalism, matters swiflty escalate, complicated by a burgeoning romance and disputes about how best to protect the neighbourhood from further disruption.
What starts as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community soon leads to violence and acrimony ……
This is one of Ayckbourn’s darker comedies, first performed in 2011 as a response to Cameron’s vision of a “Big Society”, and highlighting what might happen if the ‘little people’ gain too much power!
Julian Batstone – Martin Massie
Susanne Crosby – Hilda Massie
Derek Fraser – Rod Trusser
Barbara Isaacs – Dorothy Doggett
Ian Mackenzie – Gareth Janner
Emily Hale – Amy Janner
Guy Steddon – Luther Bradley
Andrea Jones – Magda Bradley