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Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6

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With an Introduction by the author.

‘The prolific master of suburban mayhem has still got his mojo.’
Evening Standard

Time of My Life
‘One of Mr. Ayckbourn’s most virtuosic experiments in postmodern narrative.’
Wall Street Journal

Neighbourhood Watch
‘Ayckbourn’s tartly topical, pitch-black comedy, a startling evocation of the panic induced by nightmarish notions of “broken Britain”… An arresting, nastily comic cautionary tale.’
The Times

Arrivals and Departures
‘Ayckbourn’s genius lies in his ability to write what you might call ‘sad comedies,’ uproariously funny farces that are at second glance deeply serious, at times despairing portraits of modern middle-class life and its discontents. On occasion, as in Arrivals & Departures, he puts the despair at centre stage, and what results is a play that at bottom can no longer be called a comedy at all.’
Wall Street Journal

Hero’s Welcome
‘Alan Ayckbourn is the poet laureate of missed connections. In play after pensive, droll and acid play, Ayckbourn anatomizes how we fail to understand and trust our lovers and friends.’

A Brief History of Women
‘As A Brief History of Women follows Spates at twenty year intervals through the next sixty years, it becomes progressively more funny, more tender, more Ayckbourn… Ayckbourn knows that moments of real connection between people are hard-won and hard to forget.’
The Times


Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939 to a violinist father and a mother who was a writer. He left school at seventeen with two ‘A’ levels and went straight into the theatre. Two years in regional theatre as an actor and stage manager led in 1959 to the writing of his first play, The Square Cat, for Scarborough’s…

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