Day 4: Christmas V Mastermind
Quite possibly the playwright's own most dis-liked play from his entire play canon, Christmas V Mastermind was his fourth-full-length play.
It opened on Boxing Day 1962 at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, to an audience comprising less people than were in the cast. The heating was also broken and the play failed to attract its intended family audience.
To be fair, a play about industrial action at Santa's toy factory is perhaps not the most appealing of subjects for children...
On top of this, the play itself seems to have been jinxed as this report from the Evening Sentinel shows with three of the cast struggling to make it back for the play's opening performance.
And most bizarre of all, the actress Heather Stoney had an accident leading to her wearing an eye-patch for several performances, which Alan Ayckbourn altered the script to reflect! Sadly, the script alterations do not survive as it would be intriguing to know what reason he came up with for a fairy having a touch of the piratical about them.
|Christmas V Mastermind article from the Evening|
Sentinal, December 1962.
Copyright: Evening Sentinel