Season's Greetings: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's play Season's Greetings.

I'm directing / staging the play and think it would benefit from seeing the children. Can I add them?
No. If you feel the need to add children to Season's Greetings, you have either not read the play or completely misunderstood its intentions and should probably tackle another play. Skipping the obvious point that if Alan Ayckbourn had wanted to write children into the play, he would have written children into the play, the play is obviously not about the children who are left to our imaginations. The play is about the adults and how they essentially regress to childish behaviour at Christmas. To put children into the play is a distraction and does not benefit the play in any appreciable way - plus it breaks the performance license as it is an unapproved alteration to the script.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.