Civic Players are about to deliver another riotous comedy to the stage of Wellington Arts Centre next week. Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Bedroom Farce’ follows the sell-out production of ‘Calendar Girls’ in 2012 and last year’s Alan Bennett double bill, ‘Secret Spies’.
‘Bedroom Farce’ is about relationships – their breakdown and the way they may be rebuilt. The situations are absurd but, as in all Ayckbourn’s brilliant, witty plays, they contain truths that the audience will recognize as not all that far from their own experience.
Four couples are involved and we see each of them in the intimate setting of bedrooms, not necessarily their own, during a single night and the following morning. In presenting separate actions occurring almost at the same time in 3 different bedrooms (all on stage without scene changes) Ayckbourn explores the deceptions and complications – and the tenderness – that are part of relationships. The situations involve philandering but also explore forgiveness too. The play is genuinely funny and the show’s Director, Graham Hart, has assembled a cast of 8 experienced performers who have had as much fun in rehearsal as they hope to provide for their audiences.
Performances are at Wellington Arts Centre from 3rd to 6th September at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 6th September. Tickets are available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/wellingtonartscentre, by phone from 0844 997 9000 or from Cloud Nine in Wellington Fore Street.