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How successfully does Alan Ayckbourn slice into the soul of surburbia in Absurd Person Singular?

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Absurd Person Singular How successfully does Alan Ayckbourn "slice into the soul of surburbia" in Absurd Person Singular? I feel Ayckbourn does it extremely well, as he takes three very different couples with very different lives and compares and contrasts them to give the everyday people and situations we come across in our own lives. The characters in this play become more familiar as it develops and people like Marion who has a 2 faced personality becomes recognisable with people in your life. She begins complimenting Jane and Sidney on their kitchen by saying sweet things such as "what a simply dishy kitchen" but when Jane and Sidney cannot see her she turns to her husband Ronald and claims the house is "loathsome" and demands her husband to take her home in "5 minutes" However Jane and Sidney fell everything is going wonderfully, as they have only invited these particular guests, to help them in the future. ...read more.


* * * * In Act 2 the characters are slowly developing. This time the Christmas party is being held at Geoff and Eva's and it appears they aren't in the best of spirits as Geoff has just told Eva he's leaving her for another woman, this is seen when he says "Sally and I will probably get somewhere else together" these words are harsh and blunt and have turned Eva mute. When the guests finally arrive, Eva has decided to commit suicide, she begins to gas herself by placing her head in the oven, when Jane walks in and believes she's cleaning the oven and volunteers to do it herself and says "don't you worry about the oven...I must clean that oven if it kills me" Eva, upset that her plan has failed then attempts to overdose herself but accidentally drops the pills down the plug hole. Whilst trying to capture them, Sidney enters and thinks she's trying to unblock it and says "you'll never get a sink unblocked that way" then gets his tools kit and begins to 'fix' it. ...read more.


"other men don't have this trouble" when talking about his cheating as if it were some illness and deserves sympathy for it. As Eva continues to ignore him his impatience grows until he speaks of previous violence such as "I'm going to lose my temper. And we know what happens then don't we. I'll take a swing for you" his patronising and angry tone is almost creepy and furthers are hate for him. Throughout it all, Eva's many suicide attempts, Ronalds electrocution when changing the light bulb and Sidney drying himself from being soaked in dirty water while fixing the pipes. Is slightly over the top but that adds more comedy but the symapathy for Eva is still there as she is still suffering and suspension is created of what will become of the Brewster-wrights marriage as tension is created when Marion says "You'd never think it but he was a really vital young man, Eva you'd never think it to look at him" maybe claiming she is no longer attracted to him. ...read more.

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