Chris McCann's life is going nowhere. He's out of work, out of money and out of luck. His kids don't understand him and his wife's at her wits' end. Worst of all, it's Christmas.
Is Chris in the mood for mistletoe and wine? No. He can't afford them for a start! He's blown what cash he had on old Christmas Annuals so he can revisit the world of his boyhood heroes, especially Titch McCreavie, the Flame-Haired Dynamo - a superstar footballer, 1970s style!
“This is a very specific point in time.
“I’ve been waiting to have the idea for this show for weeks, for months. A space held open in my head waiting for the idea. For months. I’ve done previews and I’ve booked the tour and I’ve stared at the internet and I’ve made chicken and I’ve tried not to worry. But the idea has not come and I have worried. I’ve worried and doubted and waited more and more and more.
Debbie is 40 and single, she's behind on her Christmas hamper money and has served one too many sausages to her customers in 'Burger Off' in Wakefield. When her best friend – happily married gym bunny Jan – gives her the chance to escape, she grabs it with both hands. A week in a five star hotel on the banks of the river Nile seems like the perfect way to escape her Full English life.
As Debbie suns herself by the pool overlooking The Valley of The Queens she encounters ex-pat restaurateur and confirmed bachelor Lesley who quickly introduces her to the real Luxor.
Your father is a control freak. The family business is a millstone round your neck Home feels like a prison And yet you have dreams...
This powerful drama is an unflinching portrayal of an Edwardian family on the brink of collapse. John Rutherford is a tyrannical patriarch, blind to the hopes and feelings of his family. The success of the family firm takes precedence over everything… even happiness.