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Season's Greetings at Limelight Theatre

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Festive farce in February highlights flawed family
Christmas is a time of happiness, joy to the world, peace and goodwill. Or more realistically, family squabbles, lifelong hatreds fomented, sniping, vicious quarrels and ghastly food.

Season's Greetings, Limelight, Ayckbourne
Clive (Damian Long) tries to resist the charms of domestic disaster goddess Phyllis (Karen Tropiano) in Season's Greetings. (Photo courtesy of Limelight Theatre)

Season's Greetings a black comedy by Alan Ayckbourn is about the second kind.

Directed by Gordon Park, Season's Greetings is Limelight Theatre's first play of 2014 and a cracking good start to the year.

Season's Greetings, Limelight, Ayckbourne
Hayley Green and Jason Pearce are a husband and wife at loggerheads with each other in Season's Greetings. (Photo Courtesy of Limelight Theatre)

The play is set in 1980 over Christmas in an average English suburban house.

It features a high stakes game of snakes and ladders, bungled infidelity beneath the Christmas tree, lots of drunken antics and bad cooking.

"While it's a Christmas comedy, the month it's performed is not important," Park, who also appears in the show, said.

Season's Greetings, Limelight, Ayckbourne
Clive the writer (Damian Long) doesn't know what to make of grumpy Uncle Harvey (Bob Charteris, left) in Season's Greetings while Rachel (Jo Brigham) doesn't know how to tell the wordsmith she fancies him. (Photo courtesy of Limelight Theatre)

"Season's Greetings can be appreciated by anyone who has ever experienced a family Christmas and the array of challenges it can sometimes bring..!!

"The moment the curtains open, the audience is engulfed by all things festive and they are transported to what may be a Christmas past, present or even future."

Park has worked extensively with Limelight Theatre, as well as Marloo, Stirling, Playlovers and Old Mill Theatres.

He has appeared in Season's Greetings when in the UK.

"It was well-received then and although the first production was originally staged in 1980, the BBC produced a television version and many professional revivals have followed including one in 2010-11," Park said.

"The main challenge has been keeping the cast and crew in the festive spirit from November, when we started rehearsals, to when we open in February."

Season's Greetings plays at 8pm, February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. Tickets are $21, $18 concession and $16 children book on 9571 8591 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday, or" id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online.

Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

Season's Greetings, Limelight, Ayckbourne

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Why? A black and farcical comedy about a dysfunctional family Christmas
When: 8:00pm
Phone: 9571 8591
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo, Western Australia
Cost: $21, $18 Concession and $16 Children
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