Confusions

Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April 1980

The Civic Hall, Trowbridge

Directed
by
Sheila Hansford

Mother Figure

Housewife Lucy has the difficult job of looking after the children alone whilst her husband is away. This taken over her life; so much so that she never leaves the house and doesn’t even have the time to change out of her pyjamas. Concerned neighbour Rosemary decides to come around to check on Lucy and to give her the number of her husband Harry who has been trying to call her for a while, and is shocked to find Lucy rushing around trying to look after the children and revealing that she doesn’t listen to bells.

Cast

Lucy

Rosemary

Terry

Angela Martin

Julie Wiseby

Graham Cross

Drinking Companion

Harry, husband of Lucy, tries to flirt with perfume saleswoman Paula. Harry’s obvious and strong advances scare Paula somewhat, however Paula makes the most of the free drinks Harry is providing until friend Bernice approaches and tries to get her to leave. Harry gives Paula his room key in obvious hope and persists to flirt and also trying his luck with Bernice. Eventually the women become quite adamant that they must leave so Harry goes to get them a taxi, whilst he is gone the two women escape leaving the key with a waiter.

Cast

Harry (Lucy’s Husband)

Paula

Waiter

Bernice

Mike Marsh


Mary Saunders

Allan Francis

Diana Harris

Between Mouthfuls

In the same hotel as the people in Drinking Companions two couples at adjoining restaurant tables realise an unwelcome common bond, assisted by an interactive waiter. Mrs Pearce wonders who Mr Pearce is sleeping with. Polly’s not been frank to Martin (who really doesn’t care at all about Polly’s affair). The waiter is extremely well spoken. There’s clever direction of the alternation between the two sets of conversations. A twist to the plot-line spices the ending.

Cast

Waiter

Mr. Pearce

Mrs. Pearce

Martin

Polly

Tony Giddings

Paul Nicholls

Pattie Franklyn

Ted Martin

Angela Giddings

A Talk in the Park

In a park, the same in which Gosforth’s Fete took place, sit five strangers on separate park benches, each with their own troubles. Arthur, a rather suspect fellow with an interest in cigarette card collecting and women-watching. Beryl, a young woman with a husband who beats her. Charles, an old business man on the verge of bankruptcy. Dog-loving Doreen and Ernest who is happily relaxing on his bench. Each character is trying to get the attention of the next person but fail. The end result is five miserable people who are all feeling ignored, despite the fact that it is their own fault for ignoring everyone else.

Cast

Arthur

Beryl

Charles

Doreen

Ernest

Tony Giddings

Virginia Nicholls

John Williams

Ruby Goldsmith

Simon Burke

Gosforth’s Fete

Publican Gosforth is running the village gala. Due to a big mistake bad personal news from Milly Carter is publicised over the public-address system. Milly’s fiancé Stewart Stokes becomes extremely aggravated and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Councillor Mrs Pearce, after the most disorganised greeting is electrocuted by the PA system. Gosforth’s Fete starts like all village fetes do. However it develops into chaos and as things continue to go wrong the play climaxes to a complete disaster

Cast

Milly

Mrs. Price

Gosforth

Vicar

Stewart

Stella Greaves

Lilian Bainton

Rod Cochrane

Tom Ludlow

Steve Alsop