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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Samuel French Absent Friends. Laras rated it it was amazing Sep 17, It is toffee brown. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. For her part, Evelyn is a moodily taciturn young mum tethered to a hopelessly incompetent husband, John. Adam Sagar rated it really liked it Mar 03, Production Details Time Period: The play unfolds and Colin’s arrival triggers Diana’s confrontation.

Ayckbourn is here writing, not for the last time, about the innocent destructiveness of the well-intentioned: To view it, click here.

Refresh and try again. Ashlyn Anderson rated it really liked it Apr 24, Evelyn’s husband John is in business with Paul and knows that Paul and Evelyn have slept together but doesn’t say anything in fear of damaging business relations. Steffan Rhodri convinces as Paul, a sullen philanderer, and Katherine Parkinson is marvellous as Diana, his unravelling wife.

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Absent Friends | Samuel French

School life, family argumentColin’s fiancee died two months ago. EvelynMargeColinDiana goddessJohn No trivia or quizzes yet.

Jude Brigley rated it liked it May 11, The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Tina Brophy rated it really liked it Mar 08, 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. He erroneously believes he knows more about others than they do about themselves. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Additional Info Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends, who never met the girl, arrange a tea party for him. By the time Colin arrives for tea, their tenseness contrasts dramatically with his air absenf cheerful relaxation.

Absent Friends – review

The play is not only, as the critic Benedict Nightingale once wrote, about the “death of love”, it is about death by conversation. 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.

Andy and the Orphans. This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details. A clever device was to have the characters gather before Colin’s arrival – we can see the tensions between them before they’re forced to behave appropriately.

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Salma Tarek rated it liked it Jan 05, Countdown from Mixed Doubles Confusions: Aala rated it it was amazing Oct 09, The party is completed by Marge who, lacking a child of her own, becomes surrogate mother to her permanently ailing partner. There are times when you are caught between laughter and tears in a way that makes comparisons with Chekhov seem far from fanciful.


This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Even the anticipation of Colin’s arrival exposes the fractures in the relationships: And the men, however impossible, are equally well played. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Plays by Alan Ayckbourn plays s play stubs. Rhys Owen rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Ayckbourm In You’ll have to sign in before you share your experience.

May 13, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: Stars David Jason and Miriam Margolyes. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I really enjoyed the character of Evelyn, who respects no one present and revels in her own rudenes This is the first Ayckbourn play I’ve read so far.

Mark Johnson rated it really liked it Jun 20, Published January 1st by Langensch. Ben rated it really liked it Nov 02, 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 Diana organizes a tea party for Colin’s arrival.

Elizabeth Berrington’s Marge meanwhile uses relentless busyness to conceal her own sadness in not having children.