The Anniversary, 1978


For the first time we welcomed a separate ‘amdram’ group, the local Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Society who also imported many of their faithful audience! The show was very well-received.



This comedy of family power-play is set in South London in 1966. Tom brings his pregnant fianceƩ Shirley home for the annual wedding anniversary ritual orchestrated by his widowed, scalpel-tongued, deviously possessive mother.

One of Tom’s brothers and co-workers in the jerrybuilding family building business is Terry (a weakling who’s trying to get up the nerve to announce his imminent emigration to Canada just to get away from Mum), and Henry, (a considerate, gentle giant who just happens also to be a compulsive transvestite). Tom hasn’t mentioned Shirley to Mum yet either.

Mum’s arsenal of bitchy comments and Machiavellian stratagems is a creation of darkly glittering and consistently funny beauty. This is a case of jealous mothering as a black art.