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Absurd Person Singular

Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3f, 3m

Absurd Person Singular
by Alan Ayckbourn

"Best comedy Britain has sent us in years." - The New York Times


Absurd Person Singular

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • 1973 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award
Description
Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. The "lower class" but very much up and coming Hopcrofts are in their bright new, gadget filled kitchen anxiously giving a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbor. Next there are the architect and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat. Then the bank manager and his wife are in their large, slightly modernized, old Victorian style kitchen. Running like a dark thread through the wild comedy of behind the scenes disasters at Christmas parties is the story of the advance of the Hopcrofts to material prosperity and independence and the decline of the others. In the final stages the little man is well and truly on top, with the others, literally and unnervingly, dancing to his tune.

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Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: Three kitchen'settings

Casting

3f, 3m
Cast Attributes
M3 (30s, 40s) F3 (30s, 40s)

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Press

"Walks a zigzag line between comedy and farce and often manages to be staggeringly funny." - Newsweek

Videos

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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.He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by tel ...

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