What do an overtired housewife, her often-absent husband, a waiter, and a pub owner have in common? Find out in Almonte and District High School’s production of “Confusions”!
Confusions is a full-length play in 5 acts, with each act having very little to do with the next apart from an interlinking character and a theme about the need for human connection. It was written by Alan Ayckbourn in 1974 and first produced in London’s West End in 1976. Since then has been a favourite of professional, amateur, and school theatre companies for study and performance. In July 2015, Ayckbourn will direct the play at the Library Theatre in England for the first time since its world premiere in 1974.
The first of the five acts, the very silly “Mother Figure”, features a fed-up and overworked mother who treats her nosy neighbours like children. In the second act, “Drinking Companion”, we are treated to the boozy efforts of a travelling salesman to seduce two young and beautiful perfume reps. Drama unfolds in “Between Mouthfuls” as we are privy to the lives of a pair of bickering married couples who are only audible when in the presence of their waiter. The hilarious “Gosforth’s Fete” features a civic-minded pub owner trying to stop the parish fete from sliding into chaos. Finally, the play ends on the downward spiral of “A Talk in the Park” – a series of five monologues about people too preoccupied to listen to others. It’s all very confusing!
In the ADHS production of “Confusions”, seven actors play twenty different parts – a real challenge for any actor and these students certainly rise to it. The performances of Xena Santry, Kennedy Snaith, Kali Allen, Callum LeRoy, Josh Thompson, Adrian Shearman, and Mack Franklin are not to be missed! The production runs Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Almonte and District High School, 126 Martin Street North. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 613-256-1470. This full-length ensemble of stories promises entertainment throughout as author Alan Ayckbourn lets us laugh (riotously at times!) at the obsessions, the loneliness, the scrappiness, and the tragedies of our daily existence.