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Alan Ayckbourn Plays 2

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 9780571318339
Genre : Drama
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A treat to read and a joy to perform, this second collection of Alan Ayckbourn's work is a cornucopia of some of his wonderfully inventive children's plays. From the story of the teenage Lucy in Invisible Friends who revives her childhood imaginary friend when things get difficult at home, onto the storytellers in My Very Own Story and This Is Where We Came In and, finally, to young Ernie who 'illucinates' all sorts of wild and weird happenings with astonishing results.
Category: Drama

This Is Where We Came In

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : STANFORD:36105017246633
Genre : Actors
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Fred sits, somewhere or other, next to a sign which reads Stories told here today. He's been waiting a long time - or at least he thinks he has. A group of actors, the storyplayers arrive. They are followed by the ageing storytellers, who create the characters and the plots for the storyplayers to act out. What the storyplayers would really like is to make up their own stories and they enlist Fred's help to free them. But are the storyplayers acting independently or taking part in another story created by the storytellers? And is Fred really an outsider or another of their inventions? Reality and fiction mix in this play for young people which combines theatre and storytelling, music, and a host of sound effects into a piece of theatrical magic.
Category: Actors

House And Garden

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 0573019789
Genre : Drama
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2 Comedies / 7m, 7f, extras / Int./Ext. An unprecedented theatre event: two plays take place simultaneously in the same theatre but in different auditoriums. Characters walk off one set and onto the other throughout and yet each portion is a complete theatre experience. In HOUSE, two upper-crust marriages are in hilarious upheaval, the awkward confusion of young love abounds, a devious politician has bizarre ulterior motives land a French film star imbibes one too many drinks. And what is going on in the GARDEN? More hilarity. Note: These two plays MUST be performed simultaneously in by the same cast in adjacent auditoriums. "Perhaps his [Ayckbourn's] greatest work. An engaging, high precision production."-Daily Telegraph "It's audacious, crazy and altogether brilliant."-Times
Category: Drama

It Could Be Any One Of Us

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : UVA:X004421172
Genre : Drama
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A thunderstorm. A windswept country house. A family of failures - a detective who has never solved a case, a writer, an artist, a composer, and a dysfunctional teenager - are all arguing over a bequest. But the victim is not who we think it will be and the murderer could be one of three people.
Category: Drama

Intimate Exchanges

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : UVA:X001256122
Genre : English drama
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There are no less than eight intimate exchanges in this ingenious tour de farce and each has two different endings; you can see Intimate Exchanges sixteen times and not see the same play twice! And one actor and one actress play all 10 characters. This is Ayckbourn's most unusual look yet at the foibles of middle class living. The plays begin with a women faced with a small, fairly, trivial decision. Should she resist having the first cigarette of the day before 6pm? On some nights her willpower is strong enough, on others is isn't. The two quite separate chains of events that result from her choice are published under Volume I and Volume II. In each, at the end of the first scene, another character has to make a further decision, the time of a slightly more important nature. As each scene ends further and more crucial choices still have to be made, culminating in a major course of action. Thus each play is a single strand of a much larger web of interconnecting scenes. Simple mathematics will tell you that there are over thirty scenes and sixteen versions, some vastly different, some only slightly so. Yet it is the indigenous group of characters who have to make these decisions that makes Intimate Exchanges so enthralling, so funny and, at times, so poignant.
Category: English drama

Bedroom Farce

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 0573605696
Genre : Comedy
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Domestic comedy intercuts scenes in 3 bedrooms. Couple having marital difficulties disrupts the evening for 3 other couples, friends, husband's parents, and husband's former girlfriend and her husband. 2 acts, 4 men, 4 women, 1 interior.
Category: Comedy

Way Upstream

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : UOM:39015012280494
Genre : Drama in English, 1945- - Texts
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Category: Drama in English, 1945- - Texts

Alan Ayckbourn Plays 5

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 9780571274635
Genre : Performing Arts
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Snake in the Grass A terrific piece - brilliant, bizarre and yet totally believable . . . In fact, it's more than classic; it's close to the top of its class. Yorkshire Post If I Were You A blissfully funny comedy that's also filled with sadness, a devilishly simple theatrical idea that spins out all kinds of complex truths about human nature. Daily Telegraph Life and Beth A wise, humane, funny play about the inevitability of death and the continuity of life. Guardian My Wonderful Day A transformation happens as magical as the most magnificent pantomime transformation anyone could ever imagine . . . the playwright dissolves the paraphernalia of our adult selves and uncovers that space inside each of us that is still the child we once were. Observer Life of Riley As perceptive as ever . . . Ayckbourn has once again achieved a satisfyingly rich, tragi-comic complexity. Daily Telegraph
Category: Performing Arts

Alan Ayckbourn Plays 4

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 9780571274680
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Revengers' Comedies A hugely entertaining pitch that recalls the old movies to which it frequently pays homage - Strangers on a Train, Rebecca, Kind Hearts and Coronets - and expands after intermission to reveal an immensely disturbing vision of contemporary middle-class England poisoned by the rise of economic ruthlessness and the collapse of ethics. New York Times Things We Do for Love Lloyds Private Banking Playwright of the Year Award One of his best, his most shockingly and uproariously funny: a cruel and hilarious masterpiece of tragic comedy and comic tragedy. Sunday Times House & Garden The triumph of his ingenuity lies in the fact that you have to see both plays . . . A second time round, in whichever order you take them, characters will deepen, while those you know become the background. It is a superb Ayckbourn joke that a comedy about non-communication should depend on the sharpest communication skills. Sunday Times
Category: Performing Arts

Alan Ayckbourn Plays 6

Author : Alan Ayckbourn
ISBN : 9780571348299
Genre : Drama
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With an Introduction by the author. 'The prolific master of suburban mayhem has still got his mojo.' Evening Standard Time of My Life 'One of Mr. Ayckbourn's most virtuosic experiments in postmodern narrative.' Wall Street Journal Neighbourhood Watch 'Ayckbourn's tartly topical, pitch-black comedy, a startling evocation of the panic induced by nightmarish notions of "broken Britain"... An arresting, nastily comic cautionary tale.' The Times Arrivals and Departures 'Ayckbourn's genius lies in his ability to write what you might call 'sad comedies,' uproariously funny farces that are at second glance deeply serious, at times despairing portraits of modern middle-class life and its discontents. On occasion, as in Arrivals & Departures, he puts the despair at centre stage, and what results is a play that at bottom can no longer be called a comedy at all.' Wall Street Journal Hero's Welcome 'Alan Ayckbourn is the poet laureate of missed connections. In play after pensive, droll and acid play, Ayckbourn anatomizes how we fail to understand and trust our lovers and friends.' Guardian A Brief History of Women 'As A Brief History of Women follows Spates at twenty year intervals through the next sixty years, it becomes progressively more funny, more tender, more Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn knows that moments of real connection between people are hard-won and hard to forget.' The Times
Category: Drama