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Out in a computerized fortress somewhere in the uncharted regions of the Northern Line lives a lonely composer, Jerome, who has not been able to depress a key on his digital audio system since his detested wife removed herself and his beloved daughter. Jerome plans to regain access to the child by hiring an actress to play his fiancee and impress the Child Welfare Departme ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 10th 1988 by Faber & Faber (first published July 30th 1987)
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Jun 08, 2012 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
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Shelves: plays
It's not particularly Alan Ayckbourn's fault that this has aged badly. Predicting future technological or social change is hard and he did as well or badly as many have done . It makes reading what, I think, isn't a strong play just a little harder though.

The main character is just so unlikeable that it unbalances the piece. He is whiney and manipulative, not to mention creepy and much as the play may acknowledge that in the denouement, it doesn't make spending time in his company any less tryi
There are two themes within this play which are of particular interest. One is civil disorder in the London area and the second is science fiction. Ayckbourn returns to the former at least once and the latter several times. There are, naturally, strong female roles and these require to be well portrayed.
Jun 08, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
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It's sometime in the near future. Composer Jerome has been suffering a creative block. His only company is his beloved music, the ultra-modern recording devices that surround him, and a malfunctioning humanoid robot, NAN 300F.
Dec 02, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, comedy, british
Strange but good Ayckbourn play set in the near future.
Tara Calaby
There are some very good things in here (the dialogue, for instance) and some things that I didn't like so much (pretty much everything about the daughter/son's gender representation). For my first reading of Ayckbourne it didn't exactly stun me, but I'd happily try again :)
Mike Jensen
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This play seems amusing but pointless until you give it a moment of thought, then you see the point but in that moment you get the whole point. There is nothing else to get.
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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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