The action of the play takes place in Lupin’s sitting room.  It’s just before Christmas and Lupin and her friends are gathering for one last meeting before the onslaught begins.  They are all up to their eyes in Christmas preparations and each have a story to tell, from cards to decorations, nativity plays and round robin letters, they’ve been there, done that and have plenty to say about  it, including the ‘Vicar’s Knickers’.  What better time could there be for the washing machine to go wrong?



All the characters except JO are ladies of a certain age, but could be aged slightly up or down depending on the actors you have available.

LUPIN – Late forties/early fifties, Lupin is the hostess, gracious and pleasant but able to deliver the odd jibe if necessary.

JANE – Similar age to Lupin, but with a sharper tongue, Lupin and Jane’s daughters are often in competition for parts in the nativity but they managed to stay friends.  Jane does not suffer fools gladly, or indeed at all.

LIZ – A slightly quieter member of the group, but manages to hold her own against Jane and Lupin..

SUE – The gentler member of the group who often takes a little longer to grasp the nuances of the conversation.

JO – Twenties or early thirties.  Jo is a female plumber and very glamorous.

MRS PATTERSON-SMYTHE – A similar age to Lupin and her friends or slightly older.  A woman with a large personality and plenty of confidence.

GRANNY – Lupin’s mother, who says very little but drinks a lot of sherry which she has hidden in close reach of the chair she sits in.  When she does speak, she commands the room



‘SPROUTS AND ALL THAT’ was first performed by Hartley Arts Group December 2017, with the following cast & creatives;

Directed by Lesley Nicholls.

Lupin - Amanda Pennington

Jane - Antonia Demetriadi

Granny -Lesley Parish

Liz - Paola Burgess

Sue - Sue Molyneux

Jo the Plumber - Alicia Forsyth

Mrs Patterson-Smythe - Jane Harris.


Approximately 45 mins