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By Michael Billington (auth.)

This ebook reports the performs through Alan Ayckbourn and contains a biography, a survey of the performs and particular research of the main major performs, besides dialogue, the place suitable, in their political, social, historic and theatrical context.

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FIONA: It's no secret. There's no secret about FRANK: Isn't there? FIONA: No. No secret at all. FRANK: Good. FIONA: More coffee. FRANK: Ah, thank you. it. Not only are the Fosters Pinteresquely evasive where the Phillipses are rudely blunt. Ayckbourn also makes the point throughout the scene that adultery - or at least nocturnal absence - means different things in different households. Fiona's life consists of meetings, engagements, 'dashing around' as she euphemistically puts it: her husband is even moodily reconciled to having spent their wedding anniversary alone watching television.

It is not merely a device. It is also a practical demonstration of a theme. What also makes the play fascinating is Ayckbourn's highly sophisticated use of time as well as place. In the first scene both the Fosters and the Phillipses are in the middle of the breakfast rush; but there seems to be a miniscule difference in the time at which the events are happening. In the second scene Ayckbourn constructs the famous dinnerparty episode (eat your heart out Goldoni) in which two different events on a Thursday and Friday evening are collapsed into one.

It is not merely a device. It is also a practical demonstration of a theme. What also makes the play fascinating is Ayckbourn's highly sophisticated use of time as well as place. In the first scene both the Fosters and the Phillipses are in the middle of the breakfast rush; but there seems to be a miniscule difference in the time at which the events are happening. In the second scene Ayckbourn constructs the famous dinnerparty episode (eat your heart out Goldoni) in which two different events on a Thursday and Friday evening are collapsed into one.

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