The Maskers' Studio Theatre

4th - 10th December 2023

Friday performance at 8pm, other performances at 7:30pm.

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Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

This amateur production of “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Recommended for ages 12+

Hurry down the chimney tonight!


The Reviews

Audience Comments

"Worth a long drive from Sussex and an overnight stop retour see this comedy well rehearsed and delivered. Well done director cast and crew" - P.T.

"Had us in stitches / nearly fell off my chair!" - P.P.

"Great comedy show really enjoyed it" - Anon

"So glad I came along I did t know it was going to be so funny. So nice to have mulled wine too" - Anon

"Well done cast and crew, that was a super show. Had me in stitches of laughter! Great fun." - S.W.

"Very funny, had a lovely evening out with my old Dad. Well done Robert Osborne and gang." - K.G.G.

Laugh into the Christmas season with this seasonal farce!

It’s nearly Christmas and Samantha Tuttle just wants to spend an evening decorating the tree with her new husband, David. She has no idea he has secretly taken on a seasonal job to be able to buy her what she really wants for their first Christmas. Across the hall, neighbour Natalie Weldon wishes her psychotherapist husband William would show her more affection and wants to put a spark back in their relationship.

Meanwhile the Santa burglar is on the loose stealing from people’s homes dressed as old Saint Nick.

In a chaotic evening of red pyjamas, mismatched suits, mistaken identity, hypnotism, and a visit from the law, the couples really will find out who is naughty or nice!

With a glass of mulled wine and mince pie on offer, this is a festive farce that is sure to leave you in good spirits.

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Robert Osborne
Robert’s first ever role in Maskers was stage managing the Christmas show Jingle Bells in 2011, so it is fitting that 12 years later he is now directing it. He has appeared as an actor in over 10 plays, the most recent being The Picture Of Dorian Gray earlier this year. He has also stage managed and production managed a number of shows at the studio and at external venues including the Nuffield theatre, Berry Theatre, Hamptworth Estate and The Gregg school. He has just come to the end of 4 years as Maskers’ Production Director where he has been in charge of selecting and overseeing the company’s programme. This is his second time directing a play; the first being Happy in 2018 and he is delighted to be doing so with such a funny and entertaining play. When not in the theatre, he enjoys Harry Potter, hiking and singing with a local musical choir.

David Tuttle is played by Phil Wilson
Phil’s last performance to any audience was in his final year of primary school.... a long time ago!
Fascinated with the extraordinary ability of method actors on the big screen and on stage, he decided 2023 was the year to get back into acting and is extremely excited to perform for our audiences this December. Phil plans to get involved with a lot more for years to come.

Samantha Tuttle is played by Jo Fox
Jo has been an active Masker for 15 years and has played a variety of roles in that time, including Lady Jane Rochford in Anne Boleyn, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ursula in Much Ado about Nothing and Luna the Monkey in The Jungle Book. She most recently appeared as a variety of weird and wonderful characters, including a book and a kitchen scrubber, in April's studio production, Gormenghast.
Jo is really enjoying being part of this wacky show and hopes it leaves you feeling cheery and festive!
As well as acting, Jo has been kept busy in her role as Company Secretary on the Maskers Committee for the last 4 years.

Natalie Weldon is played by Anna Hussey
Anna joined Maskers in 2018 and has been involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Her first play with Maskers was as part of the ensemble in Wyrd Sisters. Anna has since played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and originated the role of Vicki in Yards Apart. In 2023, Anna directed for Maskers with Gormenghast and performed various roles in Jane Eyre. Anna is having a good laugh with Sorry! Wrong Chimney! and hopes everyone enjoys the madness!

William Weldon is played by Dave Smith
Dave is looking forward to playing William in this hilarious farce. Despite this being his first outing with Maskers, Dave has over 100 productions under his belt. Highlights include Bill in An evening with Gary Lineker, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Boone (Whistle Down the Wind), Dennis (Rock of Ages), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd ) Adam (Rules for Living) and Ted in Hi-de-Hi. He hopes you all enjoy the show and thanks you for your support.

Kris Kreigle is played by Paul Baker
Paul has been in over twenty-five shows in the open air for Maskers and rarely ventures indoors. During that time, he has played a variety of roles including Weasel Norman in Wind in the Willows and Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn and often multiple parts in the same production, as evidenced when he played four different characters in The Three Musketeers last year. This is Paul’s second production in a row inside, having played Sepulchrave in Maskers’ April production of Gormenghast. This is also the third show in a row that his character has either been married or engaged to a character played by Marie McDade!

Sheila is played by Marie McDade
Marie joined the Maskers in 2011 and has always enjoyed performing in the annual Christmas show. Other past productions – both in the studio and outdoors - have included Our Town, Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, The Jungle Book, Around the World in 80 Days, Wyrd Sisters, A Bunch of Amateurs, The Three Musketeers, Out of Focus, Gormenghast, Jane Eyre and, most recently, Time and Tide.

Policeman is played by Bandy Smith
Bandy joined Maskers in 2022, debuting in Christmas with the Cratchits, where he played Bob Cratchit. Since then, he has been involved both on and off stage. Prior to joining Maskers, Bandy took part in two pantomimes with another theatre group. Bandy is enjoying being part of the Christmas show again and is relishing the comedy element of the play. He hopes you enjoy the performance as much as he is enjoying rehearsals and he hopes this is a great start to your Christmas celebrations.

Creative Team

Production Manager
Ruth Smith
Stage Manager
Emily Smith
Set Design
Zoe Harris
Set Assistant
Clive Weeks
Set Construction
Clive Weeks, Brian Stansbridge, Roy Romsey, Martin Caveney, Martyn Welch,& Peter Hill
Set Painting
Zoe Harris, Jo Fox, Simon White, Sue Dashper, Anna Hussey, Sam Hussey, Emily Smith
Set Dressing
Angela Stansbridge & Ruth Smith
Lighting Design
Clive Weeks & Kathryn Salmon
Sound Design
Jamie McCarthy
Lighting & Sound Operators
Ashley Martin & Kathryn Salmon
Wardrobe & Costumes
Kyla Little
Lucy Lockyer
Rehearsal Prompt
Ruth Smith

Ticket Information

Tickets £14

No concessions

Customers are requested to arrive promptly as late comers cannot be admitted.

On arrival at the Masker’s Studio

  • Please give your name (or the name the tickets were booked under) to our Box Office receptionist, and they will confirm your booking.
  • If you have pre-ordered a programme you will be given it on arrival. Programmes will also be available for purchase from a FOH member.
  • For the safety of all our audience members and staff are still operating some Covid risk reduction actions.  Please use the hand sanitising stations on arrival.  We will also be increasing the fresh air circulating throughout the venue.
  • Wearing of face coverings is optional.
  • Our bar will be open for purchases of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.  We would encourage you to pre-order your interval drinks, to assist our bar staff and reduce crowding at the bar.
  • We are now able to take, and prefer, card payments but can also take cash.

During your visit

  • A stairlift and disabled toilet facilities are available.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for your use at various points around the theatre building.
  • We have installed an extra extractor fan to vent studio air to the outside pulling fresh air in from the other side of the building.
  • Where possible windows will also remain open.  This may make the venue cooler than you are used to, so please be prepared.
  • Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the venue before, and after the performance.
  • The taking of photographs or videos whilst the show is on is not permitted.

Exiting the building/event at the end of the performance

  • When leaving, please do not crowd the stairwell and allow everyone to leave easily and quickly.
  • As you go down the alleyway, please take extra care and keep to the marked footpath as the road is very uneven.
  • Please take any rubbish with you or leave it in the bins provided.

What if I have specific access needs?

  • The stair chair lift is available and our FOH staff will assist you should you need to use it.
  • Any other requirements may be discussed with our Box Office manager in advance of your arrival.

What happens if a show is cancelled?

  • If we are required to cancel a performance, we will offer you tickets for an alternative performance.

Poster, Flyer & Programme

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Team:- Angela Stansbridge, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House & Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photographer:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney
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Off Emsworth Road
SO15 3LX

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Established 1968

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