Absurd Person Singular
The Armidale Playhouse - June 2001
Directed by Benjamin Thorn
By Alan Ayckbourn
Act 1 - Last Christmas at Sidney and Jane's house
When I first saw it in the 1970s Absurd Person Singular was a very funny play. It still is, and I think that one of the reasons that it will continue to be so is Ayckbourn's unerring ability to find totally believable character flaws in the people he portrays.
Each character has a blend of vanity, hypocrisy and ambition, but also compassion and pathos, with the balance between these shifting as outside events impinge on their lives. It is these murky depths that give the play its zing.
In this production I've had a wonderful time working with a fantastic cast. They've all worked hard and had good ideas which have been incorporated into the production. My biggest problem was getting the three men to think with their penises to get the requisite level of sleaze at certain points: they were just too nice!
Jane: Kate Bookallil
Director: Benjamin Thorn
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