Over the years, Alan Ayckbourn has proved a popular choice for Stafford Players and their audiences.

”Family Circles”,“Snake in the Grass” and “Season’s Greetings”; to name but a few…

Their May production is Alan Ayckbourn’s 75th play “Neighbourhood Watch”. Premiered in 2011, it provides humour, compassion and wry observation.

It is a dramatic comedy about a brother  and sister, Martin and Hilda Massie, who live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the new Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden.

The Massies’ neighbours congregate in their living room and together they agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incidents. But after the Massies’ beloved garden gnome Monty is thrown through their window, matters swiftly escalate, complicated by Martin’s burgeoning romance with Amy, wife of Gareth, who was formerly involved with Luther, husband of Magda…… What begins as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community ends in violence and acrimony.

The faces of the cast of 4 men and 4 women will be familiar to many Stafford Players’ followers, as all have appeared in at least one of the Company’s plays.

This is the first time Dawn Huxley has directed for the Players. Dawn does, however, bring vast experience to the role as she is a Performing Arts Practitioner who has appeared in the last 5 Stafford Players’ productions.


It runs in the MET at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st May, at 7. 30pm.

Tickets are available at £9 (£8 concessions) from the Box Office 01785 619080 or at

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Remember the Studio Theatre has a limited capacity, so book early to avoid disappointment!