Often hilarious, with moments of pathos, Cards brings to life the vulgar, bouncy, leering characters of traditional seaside postcards painted by artist Donald McGill. The models for these cards - Big Fat Mam and Wiry Old Dad - reminisce nostalgically of the days of honest, innocent vulgarity. Vera and Charlie, their daughter and son-in-law, have followed in Mam and Dad's footsteps but Charlie is determined to be part of the new "sophisticated" fashion which demands syndicated strips and nudity. Hurt, angry and appalled by a changing postcard trade, Mam and Dad find themselves dumped on the inevitable scrap-heap.

First presented at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round. Scarborough, on 21st July, 1976, with the following cast of characters:

  • Mam - Elaine Strickland
  • Dad - Malcolm Hebden
  • Charlie - Robin Herford
  • Vera - Diana Bull
Directed by Alan Ayckbourn Designed by Helga Wood 

Presented at the Gate at the Latchmere, London, on 16th April. 1982, with the following cast of characters: 

  • Mam - Janet Dale
  • Dad - Barry McCarthy
  • Charlie - Timothy Walker
  • Vera - Nina Edwards
"Hilarious . . . an exhilarating evening." City Limits
"Imaginatively done ..." Financial Times
"Sharp, funny ..." Event 

Cards is published by Samuel French, 1983

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