You can rely on Alan Ayckbourn to create
wonderful comedy from the unlikeliest of ingredients. This is one of his
most recent plays, with all the hallmarks of his vintage writing - eccentric
characters, bizarre comic situations, and a wicked sense of humour.
We find our heroine, Beth, looking forward
to a quiet Christmas alone. But the peace is soon destroyed by unwelcome
guest and visitors, all maddening in their various ways.
A bumbling vicar accidentally raises the
ghost of Beth's late husband - and the last person you want haunting you is a
Health & Safety Officer from beyond the grave!
Throw in a moaning drunken sister-in-law,
an excruciating son and his dysfunctional girlfriend, and you have the hilarity
of a Christmas from Hell.
And don't forget the strange mystery that
stalks the stage - Wagstaff, the missing cat ...