Whenever by Alan Ayckbourn, Denis King


Whenever by Alan Ayckbourn, Denis King

Nasty Uncle kills Nice Uncle, gets Bob the Footman to take the blame and Emily gets away to the future in the Time Machine. She has adventures in 1940s Blitz-torn London where she picks up a couple of friendly passengers and they move to 2010 where Droids rule. They pick up one of the more intelligent Droids (Z1991 = Ziggie) and bump up against The End of Time where the only creature left is Hoombean (Human Being) who is barely able to communicate. So they all return to the 1880s where Emily is just in Time to save Nice Uncle from death and Bob the Butler from being hanged for the murder.

About the Author

Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939 to a violinist father and a mother who was a writer. He left school at seventeen with two 'A' levels and went straight into the theatre. Two years in regional theatre as an actor and stage manager led in 1959 to the writing of his first play, The Square Cat, for Scarborough's Theatre in the Round at the instigation of his then employer and subsequent mentor, Stephen Joseph. Some 75 plays later, his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards. There have been English and French screen adaptations, the most notable being Alain Resnais' fine film of Private Fears in Public Places. Major successes include Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Norman Conquests, A Small Family Business, Henceforward ..., Comic Potential, Things We Do For Love, and Life of Riley. Surprises was first presented at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and subsequently at the the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 2012. In 2009, he retired as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged, after 37 years in the post. Knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre, he received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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128 pages


Alan Ayckbourn, Denis King
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Publication date

8th July 2002



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