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Hero’s Welcome – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Play poster of two people dancing at a party

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most loved comic writers. Not just for the comedy but for the pain that at times seeps out of his works. In Hero’s Welcome, the humour gradually settles in and by the end the pain is dissipated by the hope of reconciliation. Murray ...

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Season’s Greetings – The Old Fire Station, Oxford

The cast of Seasons Greetings

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Simon Tavener Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Fairy lights. Carol services. Mince pies. Mulled wine and Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy Season’s Greetingsabout a dysfunctional family Christmas. All sure signs that 25 December is just around the corner. Oxford Theatre Guild’s production of Ayckbourn’s classic play, although it features more furious rows than festive cheer, is nonetheless a ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Alan Ayckbourn Director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Now into his sixth decade of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn has learned the art of being unpredictable. At one time, audiences and critics felt they had isolated the Ayckbourn comic gene, but that hope is long gone. In Hero’s Welcome, the comedy begins in what we like to ...

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Neville’s Island – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Tim Firth Director Henry Bell Designer Lucy Weller Reviewer Ron Simpson Last year’s starry West End revival of Neville’s Island was, in general, not at all well received. Henry Bell’s production for the Stephen Joseph Theatre (where it all began in 1992) proves that it works far better not as a vehicle for known comedians, but as an ensemble ...

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Confusions – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Confusions would seem to be a useful generic title for Alan Ayckbourn’s plays of the mid-1970s when it was first produced, shortly after The Norman Conquests and with the crazy complications of Intimate Exchanges only a few years in the future. However, here the Scarborough Master doesn’t go for intricate structuring: ...

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Constellations – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Nick Payne Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Iain Sykes Writer Nick Payne doesn’t waste any time in putting the audience right into the heart of his play Constellations. And when that acclaimed play, which premiered in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre before runs in the West End and on Broadway, is a mere seventy minutes long, he really can’t ...

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Absent Friends – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: James Garrington We all find ourselves living by certain social norms, and hate saying the wrong thing; putting a group of people into an awkward social situation can provide huge opportunities for humour. Alan Ayckbourn is a master of the art, and such is the quality of Ayckbourn’s writing that it is relatively ...

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Absent Friends – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director : Michael Cabot Reviewer:Michael Gray The theatre of embarrassment. A very English genre, and one of which Ayckbourn is the undisputed master. There’s no better example than this gem from forty years ago. An era cleverly captured in Simon Kenny’s evocative set. York Stone fireplace (electric fire where the log-burner would be today), frosted glass ...

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