An ab­surdly good fes­tive night out

Harefield Gazette - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR their next pro­duc­tion, Ruis­lip Dra­matic So­ci­ety will be pro­vid­ing a hi­lar­i­ous slice of fes­tive cheer for all to en­joy at the Com­pass The­atre.

The group will be per­form­ing Alan Ay­ck­bourn’s Ab­surd Per­son Sin­gu­lar, a clas­sic Christ­mas com­edy which peeps be­hind the kitchen door at three Christ­mas par­ties re­veal­ing hys­ter­i­cal hap­pen­ings but also the chang­ing for­tunes of its party hosts.

Three Christ­mases, three kitchens and three wildly in­com­pat­i­ble cou­ples pro­vide the in­gre­di­ents for this won­der­ful sea­sonal of­fer­ing from Bri­tain’s favourite play­wright.

There’s the ‘lower class’ but very much up and com­ing Hopcrofts in their bright new, gad­get filled kitchen, keen to im­press with a lit­tle party for their bank man­ager and his wife and an ar­chi­tect neigh­bour.

Then there’s the ar­chi­tect him­self and his wife in their ne­glected, un­tidy flat with a some­what wild and ag­gres­sive dog. Lastly there’s the bank man­ager and his wife in their freez­ing cold, large and slightly mod­ernised, old Vic­to­rian style kitchen.

Chaos reigns as so­cial climb­ing turns into do­mes­tic dis­as­ter in this ag­o­nis­ingly funny Christ­mas com- edy. Ab­surd Per­son Sin­gu­lar won the Evening Stan­dard award for Best Com­edy when it was first per­formed and is now seen as an Ay­ck­bourn clas­sic. A West End hit, it ran for nearly 1,000 per­for­mances in its first year be­fore open­ing on Broad­way and has since had count­less re­vivals plus a TV adap­ta­tion by the BBC.

Alan Ay­ck­bourn him­self is now sec­ond only to Shake­speare as the most per­formed play­wright in the world. He re­mains one of Bri­tain’s most cel­e­brated play­wrights, and Ab­surd Per­son Sin­gu­lar will de­light both fans and new­com­ers alike as a clas­sic ex­am­ple of his tal­ent for com­edy.

Ab­surd Per­son Sin­gu­lar is not one, but three Christ­mas par­ties you are not go­ing to want to miss. So, dig out your Christ­mas jumper, put on your party hat and book now for this bril­liantly funny fes­tive treat.

Ab­surd Per­son Sin­gu­lar will be on from Novem­ber 15 to 18, at the Com­pass The­atre, Glebe Av­enue, Ick­en­ham. Tick­ets: £12 or £11 con­ces­sions (avail­able on Wed/Thu only).

Book on­line at www.ruis­lip­dra­matic.org and www.hilling­donthe­atres.uk or call 07856 246517 or the Com­pass on 01895 250615.

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