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Audience programme from Cheriton Players' production of Alan Aybourn's Season's Greetings 28th Nov - 1st Dec 2012

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  • Seasons Greetings

    by Alan Ayckbourn

    28 Nov-1 Dec 2012

    28th Nov - 1st Dec


    For the Sale and Rental of Residential Property

    Tel: (01962) 736333 (24 hrs)

  • If you are secretly dreading a family Christmas, it might be wise to ask for your money back now and give this evenings play a wide berth until the festive season is safely over. I hope that you

    wont, because Alan Ayckbourns Seasons Greetings has all the right ingredients to cook up a delicious pre-Christmas treat. Laughter and reminiscences, too much food and drink, presents for adults and children (sometimes thoughtful, sometimes inappropriate), classic films on television, brisk walks in the winter sunshine what could possibly spoil yet another perfect Christmas? Well, we have we have the general farcical calamity that surrounds a Christmas-time in which friends and relatives are thrown together more out of politeness than of any genuine desire to see one another and then we have the family members themselves. Meet Harvey, near-psychopathic ex-security guard of an uncle, who wears a knife strapped to his calf, is giving all the kiddies guns for Christmas and who has prepared a

    few nasty surprises for the grown-ups too; neurotic and frustrated housewife Belinda, married to neglectful Neville, a successful retailer with a passion for fixing things; Nevilles ex-colleague Eddie, unsuccessful in his own business-dealings and ever hopeful of being given a leg-up by Neville, and his pregnant wife, Pattie, struggling to get her loser of a husband to acknowledge her existence at all; brother-in-law and unsuccessful doctor Uncle Bernard, whose annual presentation of an agonizingly boring puppet show is dreaded by all, and his vulnerable wife Phyllis, who hits the bottle, and Belindas spinster sister, mousy and emotionally fuddled Rachel, who has invited a stranger into the nest, young up-and- coming novelist, Clive, with whom she has a relationship which you cant describe as being unstuck by being made the focus of one tipsy married woman behaving very, very badly under the Christmas tree because it never really had a chance to become sticky in the first place.

    Maybe family gatherings should come with a health warning. Merry Christmas!

    From the Director

    Barbara Large

    Seasons Greetings

    by Alan Ayckbourn

    28 Nov-1 Dec 2012

    Cheriton Players Present

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  • CastNeville John WestonBelinda, his wife Caroline HolleyPhyllis, his sister Helena GommHarvey, his uncle David CradduckBernard, Phylliss husband Richard PerkinsRachel, Belindas sister Marilyn WestonEddie David BartholomewPattie, Eddies wife Tracey AndersonClive Charlie Hellard

    The Production TeamDirector Barbara LargeProducer/Stage Manager Jan ConwayASM Tim DayLighting/sound Graham Arnott, Mike LudgateStage Crew Phil Clarkson, Jamie HerdmanPrompt Angela LedshamProps Jamie Herdman, Phil Clarkson, Rhia WestonCostumes Pauline Cornter, Jan Conway and the castSet Design Tim Day, Barbara LargeSet Build Tim Day, David Cradduck, Roger Bennett, Alan Kettle, Phil Clarkson, Tim Conway, Jan Conway, Tom Cradduck, Angela Ledsham, Henrietta Hellard, Mike ClarksonPuppet Theatre Henrietta HellardGun and knife hire History in the MakingPhotography Craig RobertsonPublicity David CradduckProgramme and poster design Owen JonesFront of House Alan Kettle, Robin Good and Team

    Seasons Greetings

    by Alan Ayckbourn

    28 Nov-1 Dec 2012

    Cheriton Players Present

  • The action of the play takes place in the home of Neville and Belinda Bunker.

    Synopsis of Scenes (dont worry, the second Act is a lot shorter than the first!)

    Act 1 Scene 1 Christmas Eve, 7.30pm

    Scene 2 Christmas Day, noonScene 3 Christmas Day, midnight

    There will be an interval of 20 minutes between Act 1 and Act 2, during which refreshments will be served.

    Act 2Scene 1 Boxing Day, 3.30pm

    Scene 2 December 27th, 5.15am

    Please note that there are loud gun shots during the performance.Please turn off all mobiles and keep aisles clear at all times (several entrances are made by the cast

    through the auditorium). Please refrain from flash photography and note that video or audio recording of the performance is prohibited.

    From Jan Conway, Chairman and ProducerWelcome to The Cheriton Players latest production Seasons Greetings. Alan Ayckbourn plays are always popular with our audiences, cast and crew alike. We are a small friendly theatre group and are keen to encourage more people to join us onstage, backstage or front of house.

    Over the past year we have been looking at how we can simplify and improve the ways we communicate with our members and friends on the mailing list. We recently launched our new website and we are also on Facebook and Twitter follow @cheritonplayers. Please take a look at our new website you will find information on past productions; photos of Seasons Greetings in rehearsal and information about future productions when its available.

    We hope you enjoy Seasons Greetings as much as we have enjoyed putting the show on. Thanks once again to Barbara Large for her expertise and patience as Director; to all the cast and the backstage and front of house team who have put in immense efforts to stage this show - it has been a real challenge to put on a play set in three rooms at the same time on a small stage like ours! It has been great too to welcome new members on and offstage in this production.

    But we would still like more people to get involved in future, so if you are interested in joining the Players, please get in touch through the website; by emailing or by phoning 01962 771834. We would love to hear from you!

    Best wishes for an enjoyable (and hopefully more peaceful!) festive season than this one experienced by Neville, Belinda and their guests in Seasons Greetings and we hope to see you again at the Cheriton Players next production in spring 2013.

  • Barbara Large (Director)Barbara directed Ayckbourns Ten Times Table, Noel Cowards Blithe Spirit and the recent Murdered to Death comedy murder mystery for Cheriton before working on the current production. She is experienced both on the professional stage and in working with amateur groups and says she has been honoured and more than delighted to have been able to make use of that experience in working with The Cheriton Players. For this production, the challenge of squeezing a quart size set into a pint size stage and working with some new and relatively untested talent has not daunted her one bit. We hope she has the staying power to do more

    John Weston (Neville)Seasons Greetings marks Johns debut for Cheriton Players after many visits as a member of the audience to recent productions. His previous experience of amateur dramatics is restricted to Sandcastles for ACTS and appearing in revues for the Rio Players during several sojourns in Brazil. Johns part in Seasons Greetings is Neville, an ardent tinkerer in the tool shed, who couldnt be more different to John, who claims that DIY is most definitely not his middle name! John and Marilyn have both caught the acting bug, it seems, and their daughter, Rhia, is helping backstage tonight.

    Caroline Holley (Belinda)It is over four years since Caroline appeared on stage with Cheriton Players, as the hilariously promiscuous Muriel Wicksteed in Habeas Corpus. Originally volunteered to help with costumes on first joining, it was not long before Carolines acting talents came to the fore and she has taken part in numerous productions including Pardon Me Prime Minister, Key for Two, She Stoops to Conquer, Cat on the Fiddle, Party Piece, Confusions, Murder in Play, Oliver!, The Real Inspector Hound and as Nurse Gladys in Out of Order. She was then Sarah, in Table Manners, a part she described as a little more grown up another of Sir Alan Ayckbourns put-upon leading ladies with whom Belinda shares more than a couple of characteristics.

    Helena Gomm (Phyllis)Helena, it seems, is a glutton for punishment her excuse for being absent from rehearsals for a week in November was that she was also appearing in a sell-out production of The Real Inspector Hound with West Meon Theatre, where she also writes much of their material. For Cheriton Players, Helena played Ruth, Charles Condomines first wife in Blithe Spirit immediately followed by The White Queen in Alice. Her most recent appearance here was as Dorothy in Murdered to Death. Elsewhere she has appeared in the farce Rumours, Much Ado About Nothing, Hay Fever, Outside Edge, The Importance of Being Earnest and Stepping Out. She says her performance as the Vegetable Fairy in Jack and the Beansta