Play directory : Confusions

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  • Author
    Alan Ayckbourn
  • Overview
    ‘Confusions’ is a series of five interlinked one-act black comedies, connected by the characters, their locations and the main theme their loneliness.

    Act 1: Mother Figure - Set in a living room
    Lucy, mother of three spends so much time at home with the kids, that she has started to treat everyone like children, even her next door neighbours.
    Act 2: Drinking Companion - Set in a bar
    Lucy’s husband, a salesman called Harry is away staying in a hotel. He is sitting in the bar becoming more and more drunk in the process of trying to pick up two girls, Paula and Bernice.
    Act3: Between Mouthfuls – Set in a restaurant
    Paula and Bernice’s waiter also has other things on his mind. The rapidly deteriorating relationships of customers Polly and Martin, and Mr and Mrs Pearce.
    Act 4: Gosforth’s fete – set in a marquee
    Mr Pearce is invited to open a village fete but with sudden down pour of rain everything that can go wrong does - with hilarious results.
    Act 5: Talk in the Park – set in a park
    Finally, five people, Arthur, Beryl, Charles, Doreen and Ernest are sitting alone on four park benches, each pesters another in turn, wanting to tell there story.