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Roleplay - performed May 2015

By Alan Ayckbourn

Performed with the kind permission of Samuel French

Director - Val Taylor

Cast

(in order of appearance)

Justin Paul George
Julie Ann Jobson Alison Baker
Paige Angie Smith
Micky Roger Atkins
Arabella Helen Bridge
Derek Jobson Albert Horn
Dee Jobson Amanda Rowe

Production Team

Val Taylor, June Wheeler, Andy Terry, Derek Butcher, Nigel Rowe, Terry Cousins, Ben Graham, Jude Hussey, Bruce Emeny, Yvonne Cobbold, Gloria Streames, Kate Sheffield, Alan Wheeler, Patience Ling, Viv Wheatley, Amanda & Nigel Rowe, Steve Sadler and other volunteers not mentioned.

Awards & Nominations

The Play

Roleplay is the third play of a trilogy entitled Damsels in Distress. They were first premiered in September 2001, in Scarborough and transferrer to London's West End a year later with the same company. Originally Damsels in Distress was only intended to be a duology. These two plays, Gameplan and Flatspin, were to be staged on a repertory basis using the same seven actors. Only when rehearsals for Flatspin had begun did Alan Ayckbourn have the idea for a third.

He then wrote Roleplay after reaching an agreement with the cast to take on another play and writing only started after performances of Flatspin were under way. The trilogy not only using the same actors, but also the same set, a flat in London's Docklands where Ayckbourn too, has an apartment of his own.

Despite being an afterthought of the trilogy, Roleplay earned the most praise from the critics. Some viewed it as a revival of "Classic Ayckbourn". So, is it a return to vintage Ayckbourn territory - the dinner party from hell or is it just the writer departing from his more familiar terrain of suburban angst to deal with metropolitan madness and moral confusion?

Reviews

Photo Shoot

Roger, Helen, Alison, Paul, Angie, Amanda, Albert, Mystery Man

(click on an image below to view a larger photo - arrow keys navigate through the set)