Friday, 21 September 2018

Love and loathing in Woodcote hall

ALAN AYCKBOURN’s tragi-comedy Absent Friends is the latest production by Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society — and there is still a

ALAN AYCKBOURN’s tragi-comedy Absent Friends is the latest production by Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society — and there is still a chance to catch it this weekend.

The play tells the story of Colin, whose fiancée has just died. His friends have never met the lady in question, but are determined to comfort him in his grief, so they arrange a tea party for him. At first they are on edge, wondering what they are going to say to him as they await his arrival, but their unease has deeper roots, as they are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross-marital emotional ties.

When Colin arrives their tensions contrast dramatically with his cheerfully relaxed air, and trouble brews with a comic blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing.

The play, directed by Peter Saunders, combines sadness with plenty of humour.

Absent Friends is at Woodcote Village Hall tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) at 7.45pm. Tickets are £7.50. Box office: (01491) 680573 or visit www.woodcotedrama.co.uk

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