Tag Archives: Alan Ayckbourn

Communicating Doors, Menier Chocolate Factory

Genre mixing is a perilous business. Successful hybrids use duelling forms to re-contextualise or revolutionise; others wind up fatally diluting their disparate elements. Ayckbourn’s 1994 sci fi comedy thriller – featuring, at its nadir, a farcical defenestration mistaken for a … Continue reading

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Kitchen drama fails to connect

Torben Betts maintains the fine tradition of mentor Alan Ayckbourn by analysing social divisions and modern malaise via the dinner party from hell in his fiery 2012 comedy. North London urbanite hosts Jess (Annabel Bates) and Mat (Jack Johns) boast … Continue reading

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Muswell Hill, Park Theatre

Has there ever been a successful dinner party on stage? It seems no sooner has the table been set than domestic disharmony erupts: opposing personalities obligingly clash, the veil of marital bliss is torn asunder, and terrible secrets are spilled … Continue reading

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BoomTown, sharp shooting and Shakespeare in the park

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Hundreds of international music acts hit Winchester’s BoomTown Fair Shakespeare in the park with The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Summer exhibitions celebrate local talent Art at the Heart festival pops up in Southampton Sharp shooting from Annie … Continue reading

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