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Joking Apart by Alan Ayckbourn on Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th November 2018
Alan Ayckbourn is on record as saying that, of all his own plays, Joking Apart is one of his favourites. It was apparently written in response to an angry woman who said to him, 'Hundreds of us live very happily with one another. Why can't you write about us?' So he did but, as you might expect with Ayckbourn, there’s a twist in the tail. This painfully funny play is ostensibly about a happy couple, Richard and Anthea, and their daughter Debbie, for whom everything seems to fall into place. However, everyone else suffers because of their happiness, and quiet misery, unrequited love and jealousy befall the people closest to them: their immediate neighbours, the innocent local vicar Hugh and his wife Louise; Sven his business partner who is married to Olive; and the couple’s friend Brian.
Joking Apart will be performed in Dorchester on Thames Village Hall from 21st– 24th November 2018. Tickets are available via the DADS website www.dads.org.ukand from the Dorchester Co-op.
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