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Comic Potential

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5f, 5m

Comic Potential
by Alan Ayckbourn

"Comic Potential hurts you with the sheer exuberance of its laughter and liberates you with its seriousness." - London Sunday Times
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    Cast Size
    5f, 5m
Accolades
Accolades
  • 2000 Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy

    2000 Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

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Summary
A sensation in London and New York, this is one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain's grand master of comedy. A hilarious satire of television and a touching romantic comedy, it begins in a television studio where a hospital soap opera is being taped. One actor starts speaking gibberish; he is an "actoid," a robot, and his programming is off-kilter. Adam, the young nephew of the producer and an aspiring writer who worships the director (once a great movie director and now a broken-down has-been), is on the set. Adam starts chatting with Jacie Tripplethree, the actoid (serial number JC333) playing the nurse and finds, to his surprise, that not only can she carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, she has a creative imagination. Adam wants to build a new television series around her, but the studio will not hear of it. He also finds he is falling in love with the charming robot! Will Adam get the green light on his series? Will love prevail? Jacie is one of Ayckbourn's greatest characters; her portrayer won all of London's major acting awards.
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
M5 (20s, 40s, 50s, 80s) F5 (20s, 30s, 40s)
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting A TV studio and various simple hotel settings

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  • Alan Ayckbourn on Writing a Well Made Play

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Alan Ayckbourn

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Library Theatre company in Scarborough, of which he was the Artistic Director for 37 years and where he made both his professional playwriting in 1959 and his directorial debut in 1961.

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