Season's Greetings! Meet the cast and buy your tickets
At the end of this month we’ll be throwing open the doors and inviting you to get festive with us as we present Season’s Greetings. Today we can tell you about what we have planned and who will be providing the entertainment!
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Written by prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, Season’s Greetings takes us to the home of Neville and Belinda Bunker. Half a dozen friends and relatives are celebrating Christmas with Neville and Belinda. Various children are also there and, though unseen, their presence is always felt. Petty squabbles break out and some not so petty. The arrival of Clive, a young writer, leads to misunderstandings, tensions and what appears to be a tragedy. Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show and a midnight love scene that sets off a fearful din among mechanical Christmas toys.
~ The Cast ~
Jason most recently played Colonel Charles Craddock in Secondary Cause of Death (2018). He is usually found at the back of the hall controlling the lighting and sound effects. He took to the stage in Take Your Seats (2017), and as Simon the vet in Deborah’s Party (2013), during which he perfected the “hand up a cow’s bottom” manoeuvre.
Belinda, Neville’s wife
This is Susan’s second production with BaCStage, after playing Yvette in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019), and she is delighted to be playing the role of Belinda. Favourite past productions at the Little Theatre Leicester include:- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Anything Goes, Best Little Whore House in Texas and West Side Story.
Phyllis, Neville’s sister
Nicola joined BaCStage in 2013 for Deborah’s Party. Among other roles she has enjoyed playing Miss Maple in both Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018) and Lola in Night at the (Brick) Museum (2015). She co-directed 7 Ages of Man (2016), and a short play for the Spirit of Sayers festival entitled Must We Go to Bluntisham? (2017). She is looking forward to downing the booze – in the interests of reality – for this play.
Harvey, Neville’s uncle
Following long and enthusiastic participation in the audience of many BaCStage productions, Phillip made a big impact in his debut performance as British Airman in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019) – we still have the broken scenery to prove it. This followed a minor part in the Piddletrenthide Players Variety Show in 1980, and numerous children’s productions which he wrote, directed and produced.
Bernard, Phyllis’s husband
Luke’s most recent role was Herr Flick in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019). He has played villains including Mr Potter (It’s a Wonderful Life, 2018) and the wicked Squire Sir Septimus Grope (Virtue Triumphant, 2016) but is perhaps best known for being a Pratt; Inspector Pratt in Murdered to Death (2014) and Secondary Cause of Death (2018).
Rachel, Belinda’s sister
This is Sharon’s first BaCStage performance although she has previous helped behind the scenes both with BaCStage and as stage manager for the annual shows at the dance school where she used to work. A peek in her attic will reveal cases with the magic equipment she used during her 10 years as a children’s entertainer.
Eddie, a friend of Neville
Ross played LeClerc in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019), following his starring role as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (2018) and chef Larry Tuthill in Secondary Cause of Death (2018), when he was also assistant director. He played Nobby in In Need of Care (2015), the Wicked Gravedigger in Virtue Triumphant (2016), took various roles in 7 Ages of Man (2016) and Take Your Seats (2017) and has featured in several of our pantos.
Pattie, Eddie’s wife
Julie joined BaCStage earlier this year to play Michelle in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019). That was the first acting she had done since she was an angel in her primary school nativity 40 years ago! More recently she was a member of Meridian Singers.
Clive, a writer
Thomas most recently wore a dead chicken on his head as Captain Bertorelli in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019). He played several roles in It’s a Wonderful Life (2018) including Sam Wainwright and Harry Bailey. He is also well known for his panto roles, including the Beast in Beauty and The Beast (2017) and Dick in Dick Whittington (2015). He featured in Virtue Triumphant (2016), In Need of Care (2015) and 7 Ages of Man (2016).
~ Director ~
Season’s Greetings is the fourth play that Ron has directed since re-joining the group in 2014. He is our chairman, has also directed two pantomimes, appearing in one of them, and has acted in several plays, most recently as Colonel von Strohm in ‘Allo ‘Allo (2019). His other roles include Uncle Billy (It’s a Wonderful Life, 2018) and The Maypole (Virtue Triumphant, 2016). Ron has also acted in and directed productions in Cambridge, Comberton and Waterbeach.
by Alan Ayckbourn
28th, 29th & 30th November 2019 @ 7:30pm
Bluntisham Village Hall
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