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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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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.
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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.
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 :)
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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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