Stagefright are proud to present their 14th production
by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Jack Liversidge
To be Performed on the 28th of February and the 1st of March 2019 at 7.15pm
Mansfield Central Library
Four Seasons Centre
Half-a-dozen friends and relatives are spending Christmas with Neville and Belinda. Their children are also present: though unseen, their presence is always felt and indeed seems duplicated in the adults. Petty, and not so petty, squabbles break out and Christmas presents are rifled. A final climax, resulting from the arrival of a young writer, Clive, leads to what appears to be tragedy as he is shot by the trigger-happy Harvey as a looter. Hilarious highlights include Bernards' chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene between Belinda and Clive that ends by setting up a fearful din among several mechanical Christmas presents.
First presented at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, on the 25th September 1980. Subsequently presented at the Apollo Theatre, London, by Michael Codron in the Greenwich Theatre production on 29th March 1982.