SEASON'S GREETINGS

2nd - 7th December 2019

About The Play

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Wendy Gomm & Elaine Wilson

It is Christmas Eve in the home of Neville and Belinda Bunker. Belinda's sister Rachel is waiting for her friend, novelist Clive, to arrive for a few days. Heavily pregnant Pattie and her husband Eddie are at loggerheads while in the kitchen Auntie Phyllis's efforts to prepare the dinner are hampered by her drunken and clumsy antics. Her doctor husband Bernard's seasonal highlight is his puppet theatre entertainment and retired security guard Uncle Harvey has a rather unseasonal stash of weapons with him……
Mayhem is quickly unleashed leading to a romantic tryst, an unforgettable puppet show and maybe even a murder ……. Come and watch this comedy festive classic unravel!!!

Tickets on Sale from TIC 01395 445275 from 11th November.

The Cast

Ken Elvy - Harvey

Richard Gomm - Bernard

Penny Hill - Belinda

Steve Clark - Neville

Phil Rogers - Eddie

Emily Sutcliffe - Pattie

Sarah Price - Rachel

Kim Taylor - Phyllis

Paul Turner - Clive

 

Backstage

Director - Wendy Gomm & Elaine Wilson

Stage Manager - Elaine Wilson

Backstage Assistant - Abi Bryson

Props - Liz Plaatsman

Costumes - Deborah Pearson

Prompt - Pauline Primrose

Set Building - Richard Gomm and Club Members

Photography - Bruce Boulton

Lighting Design - Bruce Boulton

Lighting & Sound - Nathan Wakefield & Will Hill

Front of House - Kim Taylor

Box Office - Judith Stweart-Young

Director's Notes

Our play opens on Christmas Eve in the home of Neville and Belinda who are hosting their annual houseparty.  The guests include Neville's sister Phyllis and her husband Bernard,  Neville's friend and former employee Eddie with his wife Pattie and their three, soon to be four children and the rather reactionary Uncle Harvey.  The party is completed by Belinda's unnamed sister Rachel who has, perhaps unwisely, invited a newly famous writer, Clive.
You may think it unusual to have two directors however two minds sometimes going in the same direction, sometimes opposed, made working on the play interesting, although you would need to aks the actors about that, this is our opinion!  With a small stage split into three rooms accommodating up to nine actors at any one time and a nightmare amount of props, Season's Greetings has taken a lot of hardwork from everyone.  Luckily we have a great cast of actors and backstage hands who have risen to the occasion and made it all great fun to do.  We now look forward to sharing this with you our loyal audience.
Oh! And if you recieve an invitation from Neville and Belinda this Christmas you might want to think very carefully before accepting it!
Elaine Wilson & Wendy Gomm

Chairman's Notes

Welcome back to the Salterton Drama Club. It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another year!

And what a year it has been. Another 4 fabulous productions, Semi-Finalists once again in the All England Theatre Festival, and a Murder Mystery have kept us busy.

I am also absolutely over the moon to announce that we have very recently been awarded £2400 from the Co-Op Community fund. This has paid for us to redecorate the interior of the Playhouse, so we hope you think it looks smart. Thank you to everyone who selected us as our cause. Your support is, as always, what keeps this wonderful theatre going.

This time we return to the stage with Alan Ayckbourn’s classic – Season’s Greetings, directed by Wendy Gomm and first time director Elaine Wilson. The ladies have done a wonderful job and have been extremely patient in directing us rowdy bunch through an extremely fast moving and complex script. The team have had an enormous amount of fun putting this play together and we hope we keep you entertained.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our audience.

We can’t waiting to see you again in 2020.

Penny Hill

Chairman