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Absent Friends. by Alan Ayckbourn. Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 3f. Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends. Absent Friends has 91 ratings and 5 reviews. Sylvie Garcia said: This is the first Ayckbourn play I’ve read so far. A group of friends meet at one of the. Alan Ayckbourn’s Official Website: Absent Friends. by Samuel French. Absent Friends takes place in real time in the lounge of Diana and Paul’s house.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. May 13, Laura rated it liked it Recommended to Laura by: Iliana Veltcheva rated it liked it Nov 05, And when the beaming Colin turns up, Ayckbourn really puts the catalyst laan the pigeons. A tea and sympathy party for Colin throws up some surprises. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Stars David Jason and Miriam Margolyes. He leaves his unhappily married friends worse than bereft.

Absent Friends | Samuel French

Mark Johnson rated it really liked it Jun friencs, Retrieved from ” https: Duncan rated it liked it Sep 07, Caro Coloma rated it did not like it Aug 07, Esther rated it really liked it Aug 26, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For her part, Evelyn is a moodily taciturn young mum tethered to a hopelessly incompetent husband, John. Jude Brigley rated it liked it May 11, Diana organizes a tea party for Colin’s arrival.


Colin, far from being an abject widower, turns out to be a cheerful twerp who sees himself as having experienced the “perfect” relationship with his recently drowned fiancee, Carol.

Absent Friends – review

Steffan Rhodri convinces as Paul, a sullen philanderer, and Katherine Parkinson is marvellous as Diana, his unravelling wife.

Rhys Owen rated it it was amazing Dec 07, The Shadow of the Hummingbird.

Max rated it liked it Jan 27, A group of friends have invited recently bereaved Colin splendidly played by Reece Shearsmith to tea. EvelynMargeColinDiana goddessJohn Diana is concerned in Act I regarding whether her husband Paul is faithful or not.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Diana, the hostess, is convinced that her husband, Paul, is having an affair with one of the guests, Evelyn.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. I t is fascinating to see a new generation of directors and actors discover Alan Ayckbourn.

He is the only happy one among them and his happiness and insensitive analyses of their troubles causes each of them to break down. License details Minimum Fee: Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn.


He has written and produced seventy-three full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between andthe artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance.

Alan Ayckbourn Steffan Rhodri reviews. He erroneously believes he knows more about others than they do about themselves. Not one of the better Ayckbourn’s; something of a nothing really.

The pivotal figure, in this respect, is Diana, whom Katherine Parkinson superbly endows with frieends quality of slowly erupting despair that reminded me of her memorable Masha in a Royal Court Seagull.