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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Diana, the hostess, is convinced that her husband, Paul, is having an affair with one of the guests, Evelyn. Jan 18, Sylvie Garcia rated it really liked it.

Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn

Want to Read Currently Reading Aycjbourn. The play is not only, as the critic Benedict Nightingale once wrote, about the “death of love”, it is about death by conversation.

Mark Johnson rated it really liked it Jun 20, Steffan Rhodri convinces as Paul, a sullen philanderer, and Katherine Parkinson is marvellous as Diana, his unravelling wife. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Caro Coloma rated it did not like it Aug 07, Production Details Time Period: Considerations Cautions No Special Cautions. And, even if the National came badly unstuck with Season’s Greetings, Jeremy Herrin is bang on the money with his revival of this much less familiar piece from Andy and the Orphans.

Tina Brophy rated it really liked it Mar 08, License details Minimum Fee: Trivia About Absent Friends. Countdown from Mixed Doubles Confusions: Return to Book Page. Matt Clear rated it really liked it Jul 28, He is the only happy one among them and his happiness and insensitive analyses of their troubles causes each of them to break down.


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. Diana organizes a tea party for Colin’s arrival. Ashlyn Anderson rated it really liked it Apr 24, It is also fitting to see Ayckbourn staged at the Harold Pinter since the two worked together, had a high regard for each other, and increasingly look like modern masters.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright. School life, family argumentColin’s fiancee died two months ago. The plays of Alan Ayckbourn. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The central ornament is a model reptile: He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between andthe artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance.

They have been translated into over 35 languages friennds are performed on stage and television throughout the world. Kara Tointon has just the right broodiness as the edgy Evelyn, who is like a comic version of the young mother in Edward Bond’s Saved.

Absent Friends – review

A lan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends was his first play to experiment with almost no action — it is funny but there is reason not to laugh. Order by newest oldest recommendations. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It is toffee brown. Plays by Alan Ayckbourn plays s play stubs. Ten of his plays have been staged on Broadway, attracting two Tony nominations, and one Tony award. Sophia rated it really liked it Feb 05, The characters are shown to have interrelationship tensions and this is near erupting when Colin arrives, heightening the tension when they all work to appear friendly towards him. Preview — Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn. The Shadow of the Hummingbird. 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 Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn.


Deep down she knows he is not and has a feeling he is having a love affair with Evelyn.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. 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.

Topics Alan Ayckbourn Absenf Observer. Jude Brigley rated it liked it May 11, Steffan Rhodri’s Paul is the archetypal Ayckbourn male bully, David Armand as the cuckolded John is all restless, arm-waving energy, and Reece Shearsmith as Colin has the bright-eyed bounciness of the truly insensitive. The party is completed by Marge who, lacking a child of her own, becomes surrogate mother to her permanently ailing partner. Open Preview See a Problem?

William Carter rated it really liked it Mar 09, Elizabeth Berrington is sublime as Marge, a tactless tiptoer, while Kara Tointon’s Evelyn is a glamorous storm cloud and David Armand’s John a first-rate fidgeter.