ENGLISH playwright Alan Ayckbourn creates wonderful comedy from the unlikeliest of ingredients.
Wick Theatre Company is performing one of the prolific writer’s most recent plays, a Christmas ghost story.
Life & Beth has all the hallmarks of his vintage writing – eccentric characters, bizarre comic situations and a wicked sense of humour.
It is Christmas Eve, the first holiday since Beth Timms lost her husband, and she is looking forward to a quiet Christmas alone.
But the peace is soon destroyed by unwelcome guests and visitors, all maddening in their various ways.
A bumbling vicar accidentally raises the ghost of Beth’s late husband, a health and safety officer returned by Heaven because he is driving them all mad with his reorganisation plans.
Hazel Starns stars as Beth, Zoe Edden as Connie, Tom Harris as Martin, Sophie Lane as Ella, David Peaty as Graham and Dan Dryer as David.
Life & Beth runs at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, from January 8 to 11, at 7.45pm daily. Tickets £11 from 01273 597094.