Ayckbourn comedy is fourth show to open at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

After last year’s rip-roaring Damsels In Distress trilogy, fans of Alan Ayckbourn, one of Britain’s - and PFT’s - most popular playwrights, will be delighted with the news that one of his greatest plays from the last fifty years Absurd Person Singular will open this Thursday 15 June with two preview performances, 2pm and 8pm as part of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 2017 Summer Season.

The story follows three ill-matched couples, in three different kitchens, over three consecutive Christmases. . .

Early 1970s suburbia: the ambitious Sydney Hopcroft is hoping to secure backing for his new business from two guests he’s invited to his festive gathering: architect Geoffrey Jackson and old-school banker Ronald Brewster-Wright. But the pressure of the situation proves a little too much for Sydney’s put-upon wife, Jane, as she attempts to keep the party sailing along upon a sea of gin and shiny formica worktops . . .

One year later, and it’s the turn of serial philanderer Geoffrey and his clinically depressed wife, Eva, to play host. Before their guests arrive, Geoffrey decides the time is right to tell Eva that their marriage is over. Already befuddled with pills, Eva believes there’s only one way out - but why can’t any of the merry visitors see what she’s really trying to do?

A further year passes and it’s Christmas chez Ronald and his caustic, hard-drinking wife, Marion. Ronald’s bank is in trouble, so there’s not much Christmas cheer. And Marion’s locked herself in the bedroom with the booze. And Geoffrey’s career has taken a nosedive. So when the Hopcrofts drop in, Sydney suddenly finds himself in a position to dominate proceedings . . .

A hilarious, wickedly observant comic masterpiece about ladder-climbing (social and otherwise) and power, Absurd Person Singular is perfect summer time, sit-com entertainment.

Book tickets today by call PFT’s Box Office on 01796 484 626 or book online by clicking here.

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