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Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancee so his friends, who never met the girl, arrange a tea party for him. Understandably they are on edge wondering what to say, but there is more to their unease: Diane and Paul, John and Evelyn, and Marge and her husband is perpetually out of circulation with trivial illnesses are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross marital emotional ties.


By the time Colin arrives for tea, their tenseness contrasts dramatically with his air of cheerful relaxation. He is the only happy one among them and his happiness and insensitive analyses of their troubles causes each of them to break down.

PLAYWRIGHT: Alan Ayckbourn. Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE (born April 12, 1939) is a popular and prolific English playwright. Absent Friends was written in 1974.



Playwright:  Alan Ayckbourn

Genre:  Comedy Drama

Directed by:  Nancy Forsdike

Production Date:  October 1983

Group:  BHTC

Staged:  The Park Centre, Burgess Hill


BHTC Production Number: 122



Margaret Coveney
Peter Coveney

Anthony White

Tim Kendell & Ken Guest
Jeremy Hole, Jane Cook & Richard Griffin

Suzanne Lewis

Barbara Chamberlain

Jacky Somerville

Elizabeth Lorentzen

Jane Towell

Graham Knight

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