Continuing their award-winning presentations of their patron's work and fresh from performing at Ayckbourn's own theatre in Scarborough, Next Stage is proud to present this large-cast, last-moving, imaginatively-staged production of A Small Family Business.
This play was written in 1987 and is a fine example of the master playwright handling a scintillating script and challenging staging in a fast paced and darkly comic expose of the undercurrents and self-interest that drives businesses and individuals alike.
Jack McCracken is a happily married, successful businessman who, at the start of the play, proudly accepts the responsibility of running the family firm. His philosophy is to conduct all his business dealings with TRUST since open, honest, trusting relationships have always been the basis of his family life. However, when Jack's daughter is accused of shop-lifting and the family business is exposed as corrupt, Jack's high ideals are challenged and as the play reaches its gripping climax he is faced with his own family's corruption and a personal battle between private and public integrity.