Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan  in the 1997 production in London

Axbridge Community Theatre are staging David Hare’s Laurence Olivier Award winning play Skylight in the town hall from Weds-Sat 27-30 November in aid of the Axbridge pageant 2020

The pageant in 2000 – the next one is over the August Bank Holiday in 2020 and needs you support – visit for details on how to take part or pick up a form in the post office

The play’s plot

East London school teacher Kyra Hollis is visited by Edward Sergeant and, later on the same night, his father Tom Sergeant. Kyra had been living with the Sergeant family years earlier but left after her affair with Tom was discovered by Tom’s wife, who has since died. Edward now accuses Kyra of having left him as well, as he saw her as a big sister, and he demands to know why she left his life.

Shortly thereafter, Tom, a wealthy restaurateur, with real-life references to Terence Conran, appears unheralded and for no apparent reason. Kyra’s less-than-glamorous lifestyle leads him to poke fun at her to the point of insult, accusing her of self-punishment. After Kyra cooks a spaghetti dinner (which the actress cooks on stage), the talk turns to their relationship. It becomes clear that their chances to be rekindled rest on whether one of them can change preconceived notions of the other. (Wikipedia.)

There have been many productions with some of the most famous featuring a young Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon. The drama has won numerous awards and has been a fixture in the professional and amateur theatre calendars ever since – and is known for a particularly poignant monologue by Kyra defending her profession as a teacher.

This production

The drama is directed by Hannah Stohmeier, with John Kendall as stage manager and has a set built by Dave Moore. Marieke Roebuck plays the central character of Kyra, while Tony Wilson is Tom, and his son is played by Jude Wilson. Expect laughs, tears, soul searching and a spaghetti meal cooked live on stage! (So make sure you eat first.)

Tickets at £10 on the door or in advance from the Post Office and Chemist or–tickets

In aid of the Axbridge Pageant 2020

The profits will go to the Axbridge Pageant in 2020 – held over the August bank holiday weekend the vast outdoor play is staged in the Square and features more than 200 of the town’s residents. To get involved pick up a form in the Post Office or visit