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Season’s Greetings

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 10, 11, 12 & 13, 2014.

Season’s Greetings

by Alan Ayckbourn

“Humour, pathos of family festivities”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Graham Till


Dan Dryer – Neville

Lyn Snowdon – Belinda [his wife]

Sarah Charsley – Phyllis [Neville’s sister]

Matthew Arnold – Bernard [her husband]

Sarah Frost – Rachel [Belinda’s sister]

Phil Brown – Clive [Rachel’s Guest]

Tom Harris – Eddie [Neville’s friend]

Sophie Lane – Pattie [Eddie’s wife]

Dave Peaty – Harvey [Nev’s uncle]


Production Crew

Production Manager – Caroline Woodley

Stage Manager – John Garland

Lighting – Martin Oakley

Lighting – Mike Phillips

Sound Design – Bob Ryder

Sound Operation – Kieron Pollard

Wardrobe – Maggie Pierce

Wardrobe – Cherry Fraser

Wardrobe – Caroline Woodley

Properties – Anita Shipton

Properties – Di Tidzer

Set Construction & Painting – Nigel Goldfinch

Set Construction & Painting – Carl Gray

Set Construction & Painting – David Comber

Set Construction & Painting – Dave Collis

Set Construction & Painting – Sue Chaplin

Set Construction & Painting – Martin Oakley

Set Construction & Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Construction & Painting – Margaret Davy

Set Construction & Painting – Gary Walker

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Programme Design – Richard Joyce

Publicity – Peter Joyce

Publicity – Maggie Pierce

Publicity – Martin Oakley

Publicity – Judith Berrill

Front of House – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Season’s Greetings

GT wrote: ” For our Christmas entertainment in the beautiful Barn Theatre we go back to a rich and reliable source. Given that he has so far written seventy-eight plays and I have seen or been involved with only some half a dozen, it’s perhaps a bit lazy of me to assert that Season’s Greetings is one of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s best.

Anyway I hope you’ll find it – as I did when I appeared in it myself a decade ago – not only very funny but also full of pathos, as played out by a houseful of hapless Ayckbourn moral backsliders and incompetents.

The proximity of one’s nearest and not-so-dearest can be pretty claustrophobic in the nicest of families, both physically and mentally. It’s an old cliché that Christmas is for the children, and a common observation that over this holiday in particular we adults act like children – though not necessarily in a good way.

Bev and Nev seem a normal, likeable married couple, but their relationship is stale and the house is full of relatives and friends with similar problems and worse. we all know not to give the children too much sugar or it’ll end in tears. Red wine for the big kids – and the pulling of the odd emotional [and one real] trigger – has much the same effect. Now add to the mixture those old favourites sex and violence …

So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun – Look to the future now, its only just begun! ”