Download Alan Ayckbourn by Michael Billington (auth.) PDF

By Michael Billington (auth.)

This ebook reviews the performs through Alan Ayckbourn and incorporates a biography, a survey of the performs and unique research of the main major performs, in addition to dialogue, the place suitable, in their political, social, ancient and theatrical context.

Show description

Read or Download Alan Ayckbourn PDF

Similar dramas & plays books

Seneca als Theologe: Studien zum Verhaltnis von Philosophie und Tragodiendichtung (Beitrage zur Altertumskunde)

Das Verhältnis des „Seneca philosophus" zum „Seneca tragicus" ist für die Interpretation von Senecas Tragödien noch immer entscheidend. Die Autorin widmet sich dem challenge im Bereich der Theologie. Sie untersucht inden philosophischen Schriften und Tragödien sein Verständnis von providentia und damit die Theodizeefrage sowie sein Verständnis des fatum und damit die Willensfreiheit.

Christopher Marlowe: The Plays and Their Sources

This significant paintings brings jointly, for the 1st time in one quantity, the entire well-known assets of Marlowe's dramatic paintings. some of the forty-two texts awarded listed here are of exceptional curiosity of their personal correct. jointly they remove darkness from the cultural milieu which fostered Marlowe's expertise, and deepen our appreciation of his dramatic tools.

Demented particulars : the annotated Murphy

E-book through Ackerley, Chris

Feminist Theatre: An Introduction to Plays of Contemporary British and American Women

During this concise and entire examine of feminist theatre in Britain and the USA, Helene Keyssar discusses the paintings of writers resembling Pam gemstones, Michelene Wandor, Caryl Churchill, Megan Terry and Ntozake Shange.

Extra info for Alan Ayckbourn

Sample text

If he's trying to kill her off, she's no-one to blame but herself. It's just his way of saying thank you for years of utterly miserable marriage. DEIRDRE: Bloody hell. Isn't she marvellous? JENNY: This is absolutely outrageous. I won't listen to this. How can you be so disloyal to mother? POLLY: Or you to father. JENNY: He's virtually a murderer. POLL Y: He's a long-term victim of that stupid bitch in the kitchen. JENNY: By the end of the first scene you know who these people are, the nature of their misalliance, their attitude to their parents, as well as having the feeling of stormclouds gathering ominously over suburbia.

The play's complexities only work because Philip is unfaithful, because Sheila is trying to foster his jealousy and because the communication gap between them is so large that a total stranger can pass through it virtually undetected. Ayckbourn also very subtly uses the vertiginous complexities and comic role-playing to reveal the truth about the marriage of Philip and Sheila. Greg, who still believes he is talking to his fiancee's parents, starts to tell them about Ginny's past affaire with a married man.

In fact he is relying on a long tradition of comic misunderstanding. There is a very strong echo of The Importance of Being Earnest in the way one character, at the end of the first scene, rashly decides to pursue another to the country: just as Algernon scribbles down on his shirt cuff Jack Worthing's address The Manor House, Woolton, Hertfordshire - so Greg here picks up the cigarette packet proclaiming The Willows, Lower Pendon, Bucks. In Wilde this leads to one of the great entrances in all comedy with Jack Worthing arriving in mourning for a brother who has already turned up.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.87 of 5 – based on 32 votes