This May, Buxton Drama League returns to the Opera House with one of the greatest plays from one of Britain’s most popular playwrights.
You’re invited to a party. Well, three of them, in fact, as, in Buxton Drama League’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedy Absurd Person Singular, an upwardly mobile under-manager and his wife attempt to work they way up the social ladder.
Three couples are meeting up to celebrate. There’s the womanising architect Geoffrey and his depressed wife, Eva; ageing banker Ronald and his snobbish wife Marion; and the socially inept, but social-climbing Sidney, and his long-suffering wife Jane .
Over the course of three successive years, their fortunes change in this hilarious, and occasionally savage comedy that could only come from the master of British social comedy, Alan Ayckbourn.
The play is directed by Drew Walsh, best known to Buxton audiences for his dual role as The Venetian Twins at the Opera House last year).
He has assembled some great acting talent from across the region. Geoffrey is played by Chinley’s Barrie Goodwin, while Eva is played by Nicola Wright from Eyam. Anthony Gill (Ronald) is a stalwart of the Tideswell acting scene, while many will recognise Karen Nicholas from her roles with Buxton’s Moving Talent.
Finally, Tim Warburton, who plays Sidney, comes all the way from Sheffield to perform in Buxton, and Maria Carnegie (Jane) can be seen entertaining the crowds outside the Opera House each Summer in The Shakespeare Jukebox.
Absurd Person Singular is a return to Ayckbourn’s work for the Buxton Drama League following their successes with Body Language and Communicating Doors in 2005 and 2006. Absurd Person Singular is performed at Buxton Opera House on Friday 13 & Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm, and with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets for what The Times describes as ‘Ayckbourn’s finest comedy’ are priced at £8, £9 and £10.50 and discounts are available.
• To book your tickets now, phone the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or go to www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.