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Absent Friends. by Alan Ayckbourn. Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 3f. Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends. Absent Friends has 91 ratings and 5 reviews. Sylvie Garcia said: This is the first Ayckbourn play I’ve read so far. A group of friends meet at one of the. Alan Ayckbourn’s Official Website: Absent Friends. by Samuel French. Absent Friends takes place in real time in the lounge of Diana and Paul’s house.

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Theatre Steffan Rhodri reviews. I really enjoyed the character of Evelyn, who respects no one present and revels in her own rudenes This is the first Ayckbourn play I’ve read so far. However Colin seems euphorically happy while the rest of the party are near breaking point. They have been translated into over 35 languages and are performed on stage and television throughout the world.

But this play, in which the action takes place in real time, displays not only his technical adroitness but his psychological understanding of the havoc created by the happily well-meaning.

Caro Coloma rated it did not like it Aug 07, Evelyn’s husband John is in business with Paul and knows that Paul and Evelyn have slept together but doesn’t say anything in fear of damaging business relations.


License details Minimum Fee: To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles Order by newest oldest recommendations.

Mark Johnson rated it really liked it Jun 20, He erroneously believes he knows more about others than they do about themselves. And the men, however impossible, are equally well played.

Diane and Paul, John and Evelyn, and Marge and her husband is perpetually out of circulation with trivial illnesses are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross marital emotional ties.

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Duncan rated it liked it Sep 07, Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Director Jeremy Herrin presides over the tea party with aplomb and knows exactly when to xlan. Jun 10, Pithee rated it liked it Shelves: This article on a play from the s is a stub.

Not one of the better Ayckbourn’s; something of a nothing really. He is the only happy one among them and his happiness and insensitive analyses of their troubles causes each of them to break down.

The 70s decor designed by Tom Scott is as depressing as the people in it. The Shadow of the Hummingbird. This is the first Ayckbourn play Abent read so far.

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Retrieved from ” https: For her part, Evelyn is a moodily taciturn young mum tethered to a hopelessly incompetent husband, John. Ayckbourn absetn here writing, not for the last time, about the innocent destructiveness of the well-intentioned: The central ornament is a model reptile: Alan Ayckbourn Steffan Rhodri reviews.


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And when the beaming Colin turns up, Ayckbourn really puts the catalyst amongst the pigeons. Any budding dramatist could learn a vast amount from the economy and skill with which Ayckbourn sets up the situation. Ashlyn Anderson rated it really liked it Apr 24, Iliana Veltcheva rated it liked it Nov 05, Sign in to your Samuel French account. Chiara Fumanti rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Naturally, this doesn’t last.

To view it, click here. This page was last edited on 16 Aprilat Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Matt Clear rated it really liked it Jul 28, Esther rated it really liked it Aug 26, But this is also a play about marriage and the way women, in the early s, were often expected to subjugate themselves to the male ego. He is writing, in part, about our embarrassment in the face of death; and the fact that Colin is clearly the happiest man in the room makes his friends’ tongue-tied awkwardness in his presence all the funnier.