Swan Theatre Main Stage (2006)
From Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests trilogy.
Worcester Evening News Review 17 Nov 2006 – “Living Together” – Alan Ayckbourn –Swan Theatre, WorcesterLaugh-out-loud moments with the odd touching tale
The art of comedy often lies not in the lines of a play, but in the delivery of its actors. And this is a skill that has been finely honed by the cast of the St John’s Players’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Living Together”.
Ayckbourn is well known for his comic offerings, but this production really does make the most of what he has written, with the cast bringing their own stamp to it. “Living Together” tells the tale of three couples, all related. Annie still lives at home looking after her formidable mother, and is planning a weekend of excitement with her sister’s husband Norman. Of course nothing will go according to plan and we see how Norman manipulates all of those around him throughout the weekend, giving a comic insight into character and relationships.
The cast of six all take hold of their parts capably and confidently, providing laugh-out-loud moments mixed in with the odd touching tale. Special mention has to go to Trevor King’s Reg, who takes on an almost Basil Fawlty-esque role, regularly bringing roars of laughter from the audience.
A simple set and well managed lighting and sound complemented the hard work of the small cast, and showed all the trademarks of a professional company.
“Living Together” is part of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests Trilogy, and the second of the collection’s plays performed by the St John’s Players. Hopefully we will get to see the third!