Absent Friends (1974)

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Alan Ayckbourn
Yes

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library
Round

17 June 1974
17 June 1974
28 September 1974
Stacks Image 22589

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Alan Ayckbourn
Christine Welch

David Millard
Trevor John-Smith
Helga Wood
Kevin Wood
Character
Paul
Diana
John
Evelyn
Colin
Marge
Actor
Ronald Herdman
Heather Stoney
Stephen Mallatratt
Eileen O'Brien
Christopher Godwin
Janet Dale

Notes

Absent Friends is a play staged in real time; one moment of real time equates to one moment of time of stage. The play's action takes place over an hour and a half in a single location.
Absent Friends was initially scheduled to close on 14 September 1974, but its popularity led to it being extended into the autumn season from 23 to 28 September.
The play was written as a direct response to Alan Ayckbourn's previous piece, The Norman Conquests. Having written a complex trilogy the previous year, he wrote a small 'chamber piece' which was inspired by one of the quieter scenes in The Norman Conquests.

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All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust