‘Cartwright sets up the characters before pulling the rug from under the audiences and inverting all expectations. ’Yorkshire Post
‘If finding a Jim Cartwright world premiere in Malton is a surprise, plenty more await in A Christmas Fair. Like mulled punch, it knocks you out in the end.’York Press
From The Milton Rooms and Park House, in association with English Touring Theatre, comes a World Premiere of a new play by internationally renowned playwright Jim Cartwright (Road; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice).
It is Christmas. In the old village hall, villagers are setting up their stalls for the annual fair. Amidst the bric-a-brac, tombola and crafts, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories emerge, fueled by the powerful Christmas punch at the refreshments table. Young love seems imminent, the vicar has his mind elsewhere, Veronica needs all hands on deck to make this fair a success and the caretaker just wants to go home.
Village life as seen through the eyes of one of the country’s leading playwrights. Will romance blossom? Will secrets be revealed? And will the audience be able to buy their own last minute stocking fillers and sample the Christmas punch? Will the Christmas Fair go with a bang? It just might…
The Milton Rooms, Malton
13 - 23 Dec 2012
Gareth Pierce and Nick Bagnall