Tuesday, 15 June 2021

I say, is this party in the house or garden?

In rehearsal Sinodun Players production of Alan Ayckbournâu0080u0099s âu0080u009CHouse and Garden with l-r, Teddy played by Peter Smithson and Lucille played by Sarah Enticknap.Picture by Kevin Harvey
AN Ayckbourn play with a difference will be performed in Wallingford this month.

House and Garden is about the topsy-turvy dark world of Teddy Platt, who’s hosting a lunch party and garden fete, while breaking up with his mistress and being offered a top job in politics at the same time.

It’s all very Ayckbourn, but this particular black comedy is actually two individual plays, performed simultaneously to two separate audiences by the same actors, who move between the two stages and provide a unique perspective on the same events.

The plays will be performed in the studio and the club room at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford.

The action includes flying dinner plates and collapsing tents, a mute wife, a distressed daughter, a polygamous gardener, a knife-wielding cleaner and a drunken French actress.

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