Alan Ayckbourn

Performed in The Village Hall
Thurs Oct 28th to Sat Oct 30th 2010 at 7:30pm


Confusions is a set of five loosely linked playlets which, although first staged in 1976, seem stunningly relevant to the 21st century. Ranging from the frenetic "Gosforth's Fete" to the melancholy "Talk in the Park" the plays explore, through comedy and farce, the often tragic subtext of everyday life. Together, they are a charmingly observed study of middle-class marital anxieties, reflecting common themes of social isolation, lack of communication, and loneliness.

We see a young housewife whose unsupported responsibility for childcare has taken over her entire personality, followed by an inept seduction scene as her travelling salesman husband attempts to chat up two young women in a northern hotel. In the restaurant of the same hotel there is a fraught encounter between two couples - not helped by an interactive waiter! Next, we visit a Summer fete which becomes chaotic as eveything goes wrong, the weather worsens, and the whole thing heads towards total disaster. Finally, five individuals meet at four benches a park, each locked into their own sad reality they are unable to communicate with each other.

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