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Consuming Passions

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  2w, 2m

In this beguiling two-part thriller from master playwright Alan Ayckbourn, a woman believes she overhears a murder being planned. But has she really? And, if so, can she prevent it?

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2w, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Mystery/Thriller
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult

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Summary
Melanie believes she has foreseen the future. But has she really? Or is it all in her mind?

True or false, she has seen events which threaten the life of one she secretly loves, and she feels they are in terrible danger. What can she possibly do or say to prevent things happening, and who will even believe her?

History
Consuming Passions was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in the McCarthy auditorium on 12 August 2016.
PREMONITIONS

MELANIE
CORA
FREDDY

AGGI*
DINKA*
*Played by the same actor

REPERCUSSIONS

MELANIE
CEDRIC
CORA
**

EDMUND*
POLICE SERGEANT*
FEMALE PC**

*Played by the same actor
**Played by the same actor
  • Time Period Present Day
  • Setting

    Ristorante Calvinu, a bistro. The bar area of Mayhew’s, a smart restaurant.

  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)

Media

“[A] Hitchcockian restaurant thriller.” – The Guardian

“Ayckbourn once more is the master of the dining table scene, spinning plates both farcical and dark.” – The York Press

“Audiences enjoying a light meal enter the twilight zone in this appetising two-parter.” – The Guardian

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £70 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Authors

Alan Ayckbourn

A playwright and theatre director, to date Alan Ayckbourn has written 89 plays – Family Album attracted four-star reviews when it premiered in September 2022 at the Stephen Joseph, where nearly all his plays are first staged.

However, this year he will stage his 88th play Welc ...

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