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Absurd Presentation

a presentation of Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular
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Jessica Galvan

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of Absurd Presentation

personas
Main Characters
1970's
England
of
the time
Themes
Denver Center 2009
Original
Production
AYCKBOURN, on ayckbourn
Merry Christmas!
Off Stage
Christmas with the Hopcrofts

-Sidney and Jane host a Christmas Eve extravaganza!

-The women ooh and aww over the racist washing machine while the men hem and haw around about business dealings and the thighs of one of the female guests.

-Things go awry when Jane fails to do an exceptional job of buying beverages and leaves, getting locked out in the rain.
Christmas with the Brewster-Wrights

-Marion has stowed herself away with a bottle.

-It’s not a Christmas party-not until the Hopcrofts have something to say about it!

-With all their Christmas cheer and rather unsavory gifts, they force the others to partake in a game.
-Christmas with the Jacksons

-Geoffrey decides living with his mistress is best for the marriage while Eva scribbles away at something.

-Geoff remembers that it is their turn to host the Christmas Eve extravaganza!

-Eva paying no mind to the party guests makes multiple attempts at killing herself.

-What better way to end the party than with sounds of the season and a partridge in a pair tree?
Absurd Person Singular
Alan Ayckbourn
Last christmas
This Christmas
recent production
TIME FOR PRESENTS!
Sidney
Jane
Geoffrey
Eva
Ronald
Marion
Dick
Lottie
George (The Dog)
“…if I had known what I was laughing at…”

Lack of Communication
Verbal abuse
Codependency
Struggle for status
Depression
Suicide
Alcoholism
Infidelity
Success and Failure
Farcical
August 10-September 8, 2012
Driected By the one and only
Sir Alan Ayckbourn
next christmas
NYC Premier
As of 2013, Alan Ayckbourn has written:

77 full length plays
11 revues / musical entertainments
4 one act plays
2 plays for performance by young people
4 plays for pre-school children
5 adapations
1 screenplay
1 book

The 77 full length plays include:
11 family plays
8 musicals
1 farce*
3 plays incorporating elements of chance
2 trilogies**
*BBC Interview
alan ayckybourn: a life

-born: April 12, 1939 in Hampstead
-Haileybury and imperial service college
-work as actor, manager, producer, director
-radio
-married, twice
-won many awards (tony 2010)
-knighted in 1987 (CBE), then SIR in 1997
-works to this very day
*ing Alan ruck :)
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