TIS THE SEASON

by Michelle Best

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TIS THE SEASON

by Michelle Best

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!

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