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Absent Friends: April 2008

By Alan Ayckbourn

'Absent Friends' programme cover

When Colin, a friend who has been absent, comes back to his circle of friends, his friends are worried about how to approach him over the death of his fiancée, Carol, who has drowned. Diana organizes a tea party for Colin's arrival. The characters are shown to have interrelationship tensions and this is near erupting when Colin arrives, heightening the tension when they all work to appear friendly towards him. However Colin seems euphorically happy while the rest of the party are near breaking point.

Diana is concerned in Act I regarding whether her husband (Paul) is faithful or not. Deep down she knows he isn't and has a feeling he is having a 'love-affair' with Evelyn. Evelyn's husband John is in business with Paul and knows that Paul and Evelyn have slept together but doesn't say anything in fear of damaging business relations. The play unfolds and Colin's arrival triggers Diana's confrontation. She ends up pouring the cream on Paul and breaking down at the end of the play.


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Cast Backstage
Diane: Alison Bonnington Director: Derek Bull
Evelyn: Serena Cain Stage Managers: David Bonnington, Laura Bonnington
Marge: Val Bull Props: Lorraine Pope, Janet Lawrence
Paul: Greg Pope Prompt: Brenda Williams
John: Nigel Manson Set and Design: Kees Van Woerkom
Colin: David Starling  
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