Time and Time Again - performed January 1982
By Alan Ayckbourn
Performed with the kind permission of Samuel French
Director - Dennis Murfitt
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamJenny Rollings, Judy Hussey, Bill Kempster, Janet Green, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Kevin Brown, June Wendon, Ian & Anne Tucker, Derek Cobbold, Geoffrey Taylor, Val Taylor, Gill Baxter, Patience Ling, Viv Wheatley, and other volunteers not mentioned.
The PlayThe suburban house of the Bakers' adjoins a recreation field, which is useful since football and cricket play a large part in the story. Peter, who works for Graham, brings his fiancee to the house and Graham, as usual, makes a bee line for her. However, it is Mrs. Baker's brother, Leonard, to whom Joan strays. Leonard, poetic, a fumbler, who moons around holding conversations with the garden gnome, has always roused the bullying Graham's malice and scorn, who is horrified when he catches the younger man very much with Joan. Joan and Mrs. Baker decide that Leonard must tell Peter at once about the relationship and he tries, half heartedly, to do so, and the result is wholly unexpected, as Peter's cricket and football supersede all other considerations in his sports mad mind.
ReviewsLaughter rang out time and time again at the Manifest Theatre Groupís latest production this week. The play is a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, and the group tackles it with spirit and talent. Time and Time Again involves a sensitive, divorced man who mother had just died. His brother-in-law is totally insensitive, and the two attitudes produce both humour and pathos.
Ed King as Leonard the poetical lunatic, and Dennis Murfitt as Graham the dogmatic Army man, play their roles well,
giving the credibility with lines and actions that could well have made them look ridiculous. These two main
characters are capably supported by Anna, Grahamís long-suffering wife, played by Janet Cousins, and Joan, played by
Once again the Manifest Theatre Group has succeeded, after eight other production of similar quality.
The standard and realism of the production is partly due to the amazing talents of Ian and Anne Tucker, who are
responsible for the scenery. This is the coupleís third masterpiece, and it is almost faultless, teaming up with the
work of master carpenter Geoffrey Taylor to produce a most impressive setting.
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