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Autumn Production 1995 - "Season's Greetings" by Alan Ayckbourn

Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Sonia Dell


Neville Bunker                                  Dennis Dell

Belinda Bunker, wife of Neville         Molly Arnold

Rachel, Belinda's sister                          Sue Stafford

Phyllis, Neville's sister                          Joy Scherer

Bernard, Phyllis's husband                 Edward Atkinson

Harvey, Neville's uncle                     Eric Collino

Eddie                                           Roger Dixon

Pattie, wife of Eddie                     Thérèse Offrell

Clive                                        Allen Holland


Producer: John Stafford

"Season's Greetings" is about half a dozen friends and relatives celebrating Christmas together with Neville and Belinda as hosts. Various children are also there, but unseen. Nevertheless, the presence of children is always felt, and indeed seems duplicated in the adults. Petty and not so petty squabbles break out. Christmas presents are rifled, mechanical toys are set off. A final climax leads to what momentarily appears to be a tragedy when a young writer, Clive, is shot as a "looter" by the trigger-happy Harvey. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene that ends by setting up a fearful din among several noise-making Christmas presents.

Venue: Gymnasium Bäumlihof, Basel

24/25/26/27 October 1995



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