Thurs 1st July - Sat 3rd July & Thurs 8th July - Sat 10th July 1982
Directed by Eve Moore & Janet Simpson
'How The Other Half Loves' is an clever, funny and beautifully crafted play, which juggles time and space to present the lives and loves of three married couples. Like all of Ayckbourn's comedies it is about the precise interaction of sex and class in modern society.
'How The Other Half Loves' follows three married couples whose lives are hopelessly entwined. Frank employs Bob and William and is considering William for promotion. Bob is having an affair with the boss's (Frank's) wife and argues constantly with his own wife, Teresa. Frank and Fiona's marriage by contrast is polite and distant. Mary thinks (incorrectly) that William, her husband, is having an affair. The plot thickens when each of the adulterous parties, plays host to William and Mary at dinner parties on successive nights, both of which dinners end in disaster. As relations between partners deteriorate, matters become more confused and only the truth can restore order to chaos.
Ayckbourn was largely inspired by circumstance when it came to writing the play. At the time he was living in a council flat in Leeds, one of many identical flats. The inter-changeability of the rooms, differentiated only by their furnishings would play an obvious role in the play as he explored the use of space and time on stage. Other influences in shaping the play, according to Alan, were: "being drawn into the comet's tail of somebody else's breaking marriage" and a desire to "write a play which highlighted different and contrasting social lifestyles." The play premiered in 1969 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough to positive reviews.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Fiona Foster||Ruth Prior|
|Theresa Phillips||Sylvia Brierley|
|Frank Foster||Derek Cusdin|
|Bob Phillips||Jon Philpot|
|William Detweiler||Tony Czapp|
|Mary Detweiler||Ingrid Corrigan|
|Directors||Eve Moore |
|Stage Manager||Robbie Cattermole|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Jane Hart|
|Set||Peter Holding |
I saw this American version of Alan Ayckbourn's play eight years ago in Canada and was so fascinated by the idea of two living rooms belonging to two different couples, contained in the same area that I thought it would be fun to produce. Now the opportunity has arisen for me to take in this production and I hope you will enjoy the play as much as I have enjoyed producing it. I must mention, in closing, the great help, support and hard work from a grand team both on and off stage.