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School life, family argumentColin's fiancee died two months ago. How comforting for Paul and Diana, Colin's closest friends, to invite him for a small Saturday tea party to ease his grief. When, however, everyone else is left shattered and grieving, it is clear that Diana's plans have not gone quiet according to plan!, passion, love and broken love -- these subjects lie at ...more
Published January 1st 2000 by Langensch.-Hachette (first published December 1st 1975)
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Compassion gone awry. Self-indulgent misery. Tensions and emotions hidden beneath the surface that leak out. Typical Ayckbourn fare.
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This is the first Ayckbourn play I've read so far. A group of friends meet at one of their homes to prepare for a special tea - it's the first time they've seen their friend Colin since the death of his fiancée. 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. Naturally, this doesn't last. I really enjoyed the character of Evelyn, who respects no one present and revels in her own rudenes ...more
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You really have to see this play performed - I saw it in the West End about four years ago and my mum & I could not stop laughing through out - reading it is nowhere near as satisfying thus I think the lack of stellar reviews
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Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a popular and prolific English playwright. He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal Nat ...more
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