Season's Greetings

Alan Ayckbourn's black comedy bordering on farce is a classic for performing at this time of year. It presents significant staging challenges for our small stage, but you know us, "we like a challenge" as Neville might say.
Season's Greetings was premièred on 25 September 1980 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. It then went on to a London première at the Greenwich Theatre on 28 January 1982, followed by a full West End run at the Apollo Theatre.


Christmas Eve and things in the Bunker household are rapidly falling apart. Belinda is rushing around trying to complete decorating the tree and seeing to all the guests and their needs. Uncle Harvey is being his usual obnoxious self. Neville has (once again!) forgotten to buy Belinda, his wife, a Christmas present. Meanwhile, Eddie, who used to work for Neville before unsuccessfully going it alone and Pattie his heavily pregnant wife are having a serious showdown. Rachel, Belinda's older unmarried sister, has invited Clive, a writer friend no one knows to stay over the Christmas period. Meanwhile, Bernard is involved in a doomed rehearsal of his Three Little Pigs sixteen-scene puppet show, repeating the errors from previous years in the faint hope of entertaining the children of the various households. To top it all, Bernard’s wife Phyllis is causing chaos in the kitchen, quietly getting sloshed on the cooking wine in the process. Then something seriously disastrous occurs …

Cerney Players,
30 Nov 2013, 04:42