Interview with… Brackley Players

Christmas is coming early to Brackley this October, with Brackley Players’ production of A Kick In The Baubles. We’ve been chatting with director Lynn Cowley, and cast member Josh Ryan…

Can you tell us a bit about the story of A Kick In The Baubles?

Lynn Cowley: It’s a story of a typical family at Christmas, and sometimes that can bring out the worst in people. Frank doesn’t really like having his house invaded over the festive season, and this year he feels it even more keenly after a family rift.

Josh Ryan: I think many people will have experienced that family ‘fall out’ at some point or another. It’s felt even more when you’re all in one household, like in the play.

Has it been a bit strange getting into the Christmas Spirit in October?

Lynn: It was strange thinking about Christmas from August, when we started rehearsals, but we embraced the out of season jollities and now consider it a warm up to the actual thing!

(left to right): Amanda Howson, Fran Hollyoake, Scott Saffrey, Sally Munday-Webb, Lisa Saffrey, Peter Milne

Josh, we hear this is your first time on stage with the group – what prompted you to join Brackley Players?

Josh: I have done amateur dramatics many moons ago (without revealing too much about my age!) and the last production by Brackley Players made me want to get involved again. I’m so glad I did! I have loved every minute of it so far and Lynn has been so supportive and encouraging for my first play. Everyone has made me feel very welcome.

Josh Ryan, Peter Milne

It sounds like there’s a real mix of interesting characters?

Lynn: There are a beautiful mix of characters in this play, and it has given the actors a real thrill to be portraying such a mixed bunch of personalities. I’m sure everyone in the audience will be able to identify with at least some of those characters….

Josh: As I have said to my family and friends, there is someone for everyone in this play, and there are some seriously funny moments that are worth watching!

You’ve been having a lot of fun in rehearsals – what do you think the audience are going to like the most?

Josh: It has been a ball and I have respected my fellow actors in what we have all achieved under the watchful eye of our Director Lynn. Without giving too much away, I am, personally, looking forward to the audience’s reaction to Gary and Julie’s bedroom scene… Extremely funny and very well acted by both Scott and Lisa.

Lynn: The audience will have mixed emotions as they meet each character. All complement each other. I think they will sympathise with Frank and be amused by his neighbours, Gary and Julie, but each character has their own appeal and contribute greatly to the play as a whole.

Josh: Don’t miss A Kick in the Baubles! A great night out worth every penny!

A Kick In The Baubles is on at 7.30pm on 24th, 25th and 26th October 2018 at Southfield Primary Academy, Banbury Road, Brackley, NN13 6AU. Tickets are £9 for adults and £7 for concessions and can be bought online at, in person from Davies and Partners, 12 Market Place, Brackley NN13 7DP or by ringing Keith on 07516 408897. Tickets also available on the door.

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Becki is a theatre lover originally from Birmingham. She founded On Stage Northants in 2017, and is passionate about promoting Northampton performing arts. She also works for Royal & Derngate as Marketing and Press Assistant. Can usually be found behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of them too. Becki also blogs at StageyRebel