It’s Christmas again at Wheathampstead Dramatic Society

PUBLISHED: 21:27 10 February 2011

The Holly and the Ivy by the Wheathampstead Dramatic Society

The Holly and the Ivy by the Wheathampstead Dramatic Society


IT’S Christmas time again in Wheathampstead next week.

A play set at Christmas may seem ill-timed in February as the decorations have come down and presents are long forgotten.

But Wheathampstead Dramatic Society’s forthcoming production of The Holly and the Ivy is a timeless tale of painful memories.

Wynyard Browne’s play, set in 1940s Norfolk, begins on Christmas Eve and slowly unfolds over 24 hours, during which time secrets are revealed, skeletons are wrenched out of closets and lives are changed forever.

Martin Gregory is an elderly pastor who refuses to retire, despite pleas from his sisters. Cared for by his loving elder daughter he bumbles on, completely unaware that she has fallen in love with their neighbour.

The pair long to marry and move away but she cannot bear to leave her father alone.

Things come to a head when the family descend on the vicarage for the festive season.

Directed by Viv Fairley, the play is being performed in the Memorial Hall, Marford Road, Wheathampstead, from Thursday, February 17 to Saturday, February 19.

For tickets, call 01582 629594 or order online at

The play starts at 8pm.

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