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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Joking Apart

Joking Apart (1978)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... Apart Author: Alan Ayckbourn Date/place of 1st performance: 1978 , Scarborough Date of 1st publication: 1979 Genre: Com. in 2 acts Setting/time of action: English garden, 1966–78 Cast: 4m, 7f (4 roles to be played by same actress) Richard Clarke and Anthea , a divorcee with two children, are a charming and successful couple in their twenties. They have invited people to their bonfire party: their new neighbours, Revd Hugh and Louise Emerson, their old friend Brian with his latest girlfriend Melody, and Sven and Olive Holmenson. Sven,...

Joking Apart

Joking Apart  

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in 2 acts S: English garden, 1966–78 C: 4m, 7f (4 roles to be played by same actress)Richard Clarke and Anthea, a divorcee with two children, ...
Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun

Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun  

A: John McGrath Pf: 1966, London Pb: 1966 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Gun-park in British Zone, Germany, 1954 C: 11mLance-Bombardier Terry Evans is at 18 ‘a nice boy, trying hard to be liked, but not ...
America Hurrah

America Hurrah  

AT: (1) Pavane; (3) America Hurrah A: Jean-Claude van Itallie Pf: (1 and 2) 1965, New York; (3) 1966, New York Pb: 1967 G: 3 satires in 1 act S: (1) Interview room, street, gymnasium, subway, ...
Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun

Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun (1966)   Quick reference

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...tough older gunners during his National Service. Their task is to guard an obsolete Bofors gun. Amongst the men, there are two particularly hard cases: Featherstone, ‘a rough Cockney…and a large poxy man’, and O'Rourke, ‘an Irish bandit with a terrifying death-wish’. While the men joke obscenely and aggressively, Evans announces that he is returning home the next day for an Officer Selection Board. Rather weakly, Evans allows Featherstone and O'Rourke to go to the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) for cigarettes shortly before they are to do their...

America Hurrah

America Hurrah (1965)   Quick reference

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...the control console itself will be taken over by television characters, so that the distinction between what is on television and what is occurring in the viewing room will be lost completely .’ As President Johnson speaks of fighting a war to maintain peace, Susan responds to a joke with a laughing fit, which stops only when Hal slaps her. While they celebrate Hal's birthday, more programmes and commercials are shown, including interviews with a rock band, an Evangelical preacher, and a decorated soldier from Vietnam who has left the army on conscientious...

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