Alan Ayckbourn is a master at getting to grips with people’s relationships with one another. His portraits of people are brutally honest, wickedly funny but never unkind. He loves nothing more than to strip away the glossy veneer that we paint over ourselves and our relationships at times and show what really goes on behind closed doors in people’s houses.
Absent Friends is the first Ayckbourn play to be set in ‘real’ time. A tea-party has been arranged for the recently bereaved Colin by ‘friends’ and acquaintances. However, Colin’s acceptance of his situation and of his fulfilling time with his fiancée only serves to highlight and widen the rifts in the other relationships.
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