The Maskers' Studio Theatre
28 January - 2 February 2019

Performances at 7:30pm.  

Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

This play contains strong language. Suitable for ages 14 & over

A family and a way of life struggle to survive

The loss of English country ways?

Winner Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright.
Shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

Irene's husband has died suddenly and she's falling apart, just like the West Country cider orchard where they lived for 40 years. Irene is confused and agitated, but she's determined not to relax her iron grip over her middle-aged son Roy, and her simple-minded brother, Len. In this heightened atmosphere of autumnal decay, and the demise of an ancient way of life, old family wounds are re-opened. Money has run out and the banks are threatening to foreclose. Then Roy's twin sister Brenda arrives, along with his former girlfriend Linda - both of them expelled from the house years before.

Can the family heal their wounds or, like the neglected orchard, has their relationship shrivelled beyond repair?

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Neil Gwynne
Neil's involvement with Maskers has been varied! This is his second outing as director (the first being Betrayal). He has also performed for Maskers at the Studio (Proof) and the Nuffield (The Graduate), as well as bringing two RAODS shows to the Studio (Scaramouche Jones and Briony Lavery's Frozen).
Neil has enjoyed the immense challenge of keeping this particular cast in check … immensely.

Irene (Roy and Brenda's mother) is played by Ros Liddiard
Ros has been a Masker for over 30 years, during which time she has enjoyed acting and directing for the company. Her favourite roles are Rose in Rose; Beatrice in A Servant of Two Masters; Angellica Bianca in The Rover at Mottisfont Abbey; Dotty Otley in Noises Off, Esmé in Amy’s View (awarded Best Actress/Curtain Call) and Marina Timaféevna in Uncle Vanya at The Nuffield. Ros has two directing credits for The Maskers, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, again at The Nuffield Theatre and Humble Boy in The Studio (nominated Best Drama/Curtain Call). Ros also acts and directs for The Chesil Theatre, Winchester.

Len (Irene's brother) is played by Eric Petterson.
Eric joined Maskers in 2012. He enjoyed picking up young ladies in Chekhov's The Yalta Game, was Joe Gargery, Wemmick and Drummel, sometimes in the correct costume, in Great Expectations, and a particularly bolshie guard in Antigone. He was considered weird enough for Wyrd Sisters. He has just appeared in his sixth Christmas show and has enjoyed them all.

Roy (Irene's son) is played by Matt Avery
Although frequently succoured by cider, this is Matt’s first experience of being comforted with apples. He has enjoyed a variety of roles with Maskers (unquestionably the most challenging of which was that of Chairman!) and is hoping that playing Roy counts towards his five a day.

Brenda (Roy's twin sister) is played by Kate Grundy-Garcia
Kate has played many relatives over the years with the Maskers including a neurotic daughter in An Italian Straw Hat, the long-suffering sister of the tragic Antigone and a hen-pecking wife in Don Quixote. She is now paying the prodigal twin in this latest play, where she is certainly not comforted by apples.

Linda is played by Sarah-Jayne Wareham
Sarah-Jayne loves acting and directing with Maskers. Her fave roles so far include Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, numerous characters and furniture moving in Great Expectations, and most recently as the lead in Antigone, Magrat in Wyrd Sisters and Maisy the maid in the Christmas show. She’s looking forward to getting her teeth into ‘apples’!

Creative Team

Production Manager
Neil Gwynne
Stage Manager
Kathrina Gwynne
Set Designer
Peter Liddiard
Set Construction
Set Painting
Hazel Burrows
Set Dressing
Neil & Kathrina Gwynne
Lighting Designer
David Cowley
Lighting Operator
Kathrina Gwynne
Sound Designer
Sound Operator
Kathrina Gwynne
Stage Crew
Neil Gwynne
Costume Design & Wardrobe
Cast & tba
Properties & Furniture
Mille Webb
Rehearsal Prompt
Val Struthers

Ticket Information

Tickets £11

No concessions


Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Director:- Vacancy;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Kate McCraken, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker;   Box Office & FOH Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photography:- Clive Weeks, Stuart Gray, & Ian Wilson;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney

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