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Is Alan Ayckbourn(TM)s A talk in the park(TM) a play of it(TM)s time, or can audiences still relate to it(TM)s characters today?

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Is Alan Ayckbourn's 'A talk in the park' a play of it's time, or can audiences still relate to it's characters today? 'A talk in the park' is a play of both times. I believe this because times do not seem any different from the play to today. People on the play have near enough the same problems as people nowadays have. This shows that the way people are hasn't changed since the 1970's. The main thing to have changed over that period of time is technology. However there is nothing suggesting technology in the play. It seems as if Alan Ayckbourn has blocked any references of technology so he can let the future audiences of the script able to relate to the characters. The people in the park are a basically a wide variety of lifestyles and opinions of what we have in modern days. In 'A talk in the park' the stage directions are very simplistic. ...read more.

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Even though he is wrong. This then actually makes me think, 'aww he just wants to chat'. However Beryl seems slightly rude in this scene. She then turns out to be a hypcrit as she starts babbling on to someone who obviously isn't interested in her, like Arthur did. On the other hand, Charles acts politely and walks away. But he is exactly the same as Beryl when it comes to talking. He starts rambling on about himself. However, Doreen just walks away not saying a word. She thinks that Charles is after her. She seems to make out as if everyone wants her. Once again she starts a long lecture/speech to Ernest. Again, like Doreen, Ernest just walks off without saying a word. He begins to talk about Doreen. Yet another Hypocrit. This is like a constant merrigo-round as it has just gone in one big circle. All the characters are selfish and hypocritical. Their backrounds all have problems but have different morales. ...read more.

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Alan Ayckbourn must have made Arthur an unusual type of citizen. Arthur doesn't really seem to have a problem. Just the fact he seems down that he isn't a women. Together Ernest and Arthur are two totally different people as Ernest dislikes women and Arthur loves them. Their language is near enough the same. You can't really fully know how they act as there is no information on their gestures and posture. Alan Ayckbourn has given us a glimpse of two different people. Overall I believe a modern audience can relate to these characters in 'A talk in the park'. This is because the characters are an overview of our society today as a whole. Alan Ayckbourn makes it possible for us to relate by making no sense of time available in the play. He has done this cleverly, as if he wanted future audience to be able to relate to his play. I think that after people have watched this play they will either think 'Yes, my life is very much like that.' and 'I'm glad my life isn't like that.'. Or they may just be totally CONFUSED! ...read more.

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