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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

Directed by
Graham Till

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


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 ManagerCaroline Woodley

Stage ManagerJohn Garland

LightingMartin Oakley

LightingMike Phillips

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationKieran Pollard

WardrobeMargaret Pierce

WardrobeCherry Briggs

WardrobeCaroline Woodley

Propertiess – Anita Shipton

Propertiess – Di Tidzer

Set Construction & PaintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Construction & PaintingCarl Gray

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Comber

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Collis

Set Construction & PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Construction & PaintingMartin Oakley

Set Construction & PaintingSheila Neesham

Set Construction & PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Construction & PaintingGary Walker

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

Programme DesignRichard Joyce

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMargaret Pierce

PublicityMartin Oakley

PublicityJudith Berrill

Front of HouseBetty 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! ”