Dinner party anarchy

The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group is well into rehearsals for its next production ‘How The Other Half Loves’ by Alan Ayckbourn, which is being staged at Lagoa Auditorium from November 21 to 23 at 8pm.

The play is set in the early 1970s and centres around a suburban trio of married couples linked only by the work of their husbands. Frank and his wife Fiona with business subordinates Bob and William get together with their wives for two dinner parties – each held on consecutive nights but actually happening on the stage at the same time.

As with so many of Ayckbourn’s hits, the clever staging provides the groundwork for some unusual goings-on and anyone watching with plenty of laughter.

By the end of what must surely be regarded as one of Ayckbourn’s best productions, we have witnessed infidelity, unfortunate blunders and utter confusion!

Renowned for his skills as a prolific playwright, Alan Ayckbourn is also the long serving Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and the author of over 60 plays, most of which received their first performances at this theatre. More than half have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or the RSC.

His plays have been translated into over 30 languages, are seen on stage and television throughout the world and have won numerous awards.

Chris Winstanley (pictured), who plays Frank Foster in the production, most recently directed the group’s last sell-out production of ‘Calendar Girls’ in June.

He said: “It is funny being back on stage and taking direction rather than giving it, and I must admit sometimes I should stick tape over my mouth to be quiet!”

Sue Elton, who plays Frank’s glamorous wife Fiona, said: “With the action in the play switching between different houses so much, it has taken us all a bit longer to learn our lines than normal, but we are there now.”

Tickets are priced at €10.

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