North Walsham

Atrium to host Absent Friends

Just Regional
May 9, 2013 2 mins read

Absent Friends, one of the most popular modern plays, will be performed at The Atrium theatre in North Walsham on Friday and Saturday next week.
Stage Direct, an amateur dramatics company made up of members from all over north Norfolk, will be presenting the comedy by esteemed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn.

Acclaimed by the Sunday Times as “Mr Ayckbourn’s finest play” it does what he does best – holds up a mirror to everyday life and makes us laugh at what we see. The story begins when Diana invites old friends round for tea to try and cheer up her recently bereaved husband Colin, but he seems quite happy with his memories whilst the cracks are beginning to show in those around him. Tea and sympathy turns into trauma as his friends reveal themselves to be shopaholics, hypochondriacs and serial adulterers in this brilliantly cutting comedy of embarrassment.

The Atrium hosts a year-round programme of professional and amateur theatre and is calling on the local community to come and support Stage Direct’s first production at the venue. Aside from school productions and the professional productions by The Atrium, Absent Friends will be the first amateur show to take place in the 186 seat theatre.

Performances take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm. Priced at £10 adults and £7 over 60s, children and students, tickets can be booked online from The Atrium’s website, in person, on-the-door or by calling the box office on 01692 400080.

Absent Friends cast


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