By Alan Ayckbourn
Performances from Wednesday 1st June to Saturday 4th.
Our Director Judy Gray, under her professional name of ‘Bridgland’, worked for Alan Aykbourn in her days as an Actress in Scarborough’s Theatre in the Round and now as an accomplished Director wants to bring some of the ‘Ackybourn’ magic to Midhurst.
Confusions was first seen at the Library Theatre, Scarborough in 1974 since when it has become one of the most popular and studied plays of the last 40 years. In 2016 Alan Ayckbourn is producing the first revival of the play to mark the 60th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
It is actually a set of five interlinked one act plays. Each play deals riotously, but with sharply pointed undertones, of human eccentricities; an isolated mother unable to escape from baby talk; an unsuccessful seduction attempt; a fate fraught dinner encounter and an utterly shambolic garden fete, human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation after another unfolds.
From high farce to poignant observation; the laughs, however dark, keep coming.
Quote from the London Financial Times
“Runs the gamut of comic technique from faintly pathetic situation comedy to outright farce…. Ayckbourn has demonstrated once again that even in a trivial situation he can hold the attention with his matchless ear for conversational speech, and in untrivial situations shows himself a comic writer of immortal quality.”