It is the first Christmas for the Davies family since the patriarch Eric’s sudden and unexpected death. The play is essentially an exploration of family – its expectations, pressures, hopes, love and general ups and downs. Christmas is such an intense time for a family. The Davies family believe that togetherness will provide mutual strength and support in dealing with their shared loss. Unfortunately, it also exposes their vulnerabilities and inabilities. Instead of the child-like wonder that should accompany the festive season, this family reveals a fair amount of childishness!
The play is modern and set in Tasmania. It is essentially a comedy but it has real pathos. The laughs it produces often resonate with a certain sense of pain. The strong sense of family and the easily identifiable situations make it real and accessible for an audience. Spending time with your family can be a hugely demanding situation. The Davies family certainly find it so!
- Domestic comedy
- 90 minutes
- 4 female, 1 male
- Plus ensemble of 2 M, 2 or 3 F
- Australian Script Centre