by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Martin Gibbs

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Audition Dates:      

Sunday 18 March 2018 at 11am

Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 7.30pm


Audition Venue:     

Guide Hall, Glebe Avenue, Cheltenham (off Charman Road)


Season Dates:         

June 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 June, 1, 5, 6, 7 July 2018 at 8.00 pm

Matinees: Saturday 30 June and Sundays 24 June & 1 July at 2.30 pm


Season Venue:        

Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale



It’s Christmas and all the family and friends are celebrating at Neville and Belinda’s. The children are unseen, but their presence is felt and indeed seems duplicated in the adults’ behaviour!  Petty and not so petty squabbles break out, Christmas presents are rifled, an incompetent puppet show is performed under the eyes of a trigger-happy, crazy relative, not to mention midnight shenanigans that create almighty havoc.  A typical Ayckbourn comedy with the usual dark moments



Belinda Bunker – 30 to 40. Attractive, warm, the hostess.

Neville Bunker – 35 to 45. Belinda’s husband. Easy going, successful.

Harvey Bunker – 60 plus. Neville’s uncle. Of slightly military appearance. Forthright.

Phyllis Longstaff – 40 to 50. Neville’s sister. Highly strung. Usually slightly inebriated.  

Dr Bernard Longstaff – 45 to 55. Husband of Phyllis. Straight-laced, earnest.

Rachel – 35 to 45. Belinda’s un-married sister and not as conventionally pretty as Belinda.

Eddie –  30 to 40. A friend of Neville and less successful and confident.

Pattie – 25 to 35. Eddie’s wife. 7 months pregnant.

Clive – 25 to 35. Rachel’s friend. Shy with a pleasant nature.  


Ages shown are indicative only and may be varied for the suitable actor. 

This play is an ensemble piece but the roles vary in size.

The play is set in England so English accents are required but they do not need to be regional.  

It is necessary that you are familiar with the play when you come to the auditions.

Copies of the script can be obtained by phoning or emailing the director.

Rehearsals will generally be Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, commencing May 7 at times to be confirmed.



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