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TITLE: Joking Apart  PLAYWRIGHT: Alan Ayckbourn PERFORMANCE DATES: 15th - 17th May 2003  DIRECTOR: Vicky Stocks


Richard David Lane Anthea Nicki Clay Hugh David Belbin Louise Barbara Hardcastle Sven Terry Brown Olive Alma Belbin Brian Ian Brandt Melody Jill Pearson Mandy Doreen Stockdale Mo Kate Newall Debbie Lucy Skilbeck Click HERE for full Cast and Crew details 


Joking Apart is set in Richard and Anthea’s garden over twelve years on bonfire night, a  summer tennis party, boxing day and their daughter Debbie’s 18th birthday.  Richard and Anthea are a perfect unmarried couple, to whom everything comes very  easily and whose genuine generosity, success and sensitivity seem to reflect badly on  those around them. Over the 12 years we see Richard’s business partner Sven and his  wife, Olive, become increasingly depressed at the ease of Richard’s success, despite  Sven working so hard he eventually has a heart attack which drives him to deep  bitterness at the unfairness of life.   Brian, an employee, has a constant string of young girlfriends, all of whom are  substitutes for Anthea, whom he has been obsessed with since he gave her shelter  after the break up of her first marriage. Finally, there are the new neighbours, the vicar  Hugh and his wife Louise.   After Richard tears down the garden fence to make a larger communal garden for  Hugh, the vicar misinterprets some interest in him from Anthea as a sign of love and he  becomes possessed by the belief he is married to the wrong woman. His declaration of  his love for Anthea leaves her genuinely confounded and helps drive Louise, combined  with her inability to raise or communicate with her son, into manic depression.  All are left poorer people by their relationship with Richard and Anthea, who are  unaware that anything is wrong in their perfect world. 



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