Western Gold Theatre presents Ayckbourn’s Classic Farce of Love, Mischief & Mistaken Identity: Relatively Speaking – October 31 – December 1, 2013
Western Gold Theatre presents Alan Ayckbourn’s smart and saucy farce – Relatively Speaking – from October 31 to December 1, 2013 at the PAL Studio Theatre in Coal Harbour. Directed by Anthony F. Ingram, the cheeky, riotous work follows a pair of couples – one long married, one young and newly cohabitating – who find themselves frantically navigating a tangled web of mistaken identity, misunderstanding, and sneaking adultery on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
“There are so many merits that lead us to choose Ayckbourn – his incredible wit, social insight, and crisp wordplay being but a few,” says Anna Hagan, Artistic Director of Western Gold Theatre and lead cast member. “What really stood out to us with Relatively Speaking was the opportunity to bring two generations together on one stage. Creating opportunities for senior actors to work with the next generation of artists is a pillar of our mandate. This work allows us to realize it beautifully and hilariously.”
The play opens in an apartment belonging to Greg and Ginny, a young couple who have just moved in together. Greg is infatuated with Ginny to the point of obliviousness, managing to be merely perplexed by the flowers, chocolates, and men’s slippers about the apartment, rather than suspicious. So when Ginny heads to the country to end things with her older, married boss, but tells Greg she is visiting her parents, he decides to make a grand romantic gesture.
Arriving ahead of Ginny at the home of Philip and Sheila, Greg wrongly assumes they are her parents and asks for her hand in marriage. Philip, however, believes the strange young man is asking to marry his wife Sheila, setting off a chaotic procession of mishap and misunderstanding that only intensifies with the arrival of Ginny.
In the roles of Greg and Ginny are actors Jay Hindle (She Stoops to Conquer, The 39 Steps at The Arts Club) and Stacie Steadman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet at Stratford Festival). Veteran Vancouver actors Terence Kelly and Anna Hagan, both recent recipients of the 2013 Jessie Richardson Career Achievement Awards, are cast as the older Philip and Sheila.
The ensemble’s antics and tumultuous proceedings will be directed by the steady hand of Anthony F. Ingram, a local luminary who will also direct The Seafarer at Pacific Theatre and play the title role in Blackbird Theatre’s Uncle Vanya this season.
Written in 1965, Relatively Speaking was British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s first major success, containing the social commentary and razor wit that would come to typify his writing. His body of work consists of more than 70 plays, which have been performed in the West End and on Broadway by such illustrious companies as the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
Western Gold Theatre presents Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn
Date: October 31 to December 1, 2013
Preview: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Opening night: Friday, November 1, 2013
Tuesday to Saturday: 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2pm
Ticket prices: Tickets available from $25
Tuesday Nights: Pay-what-you-can at the door
Address: 581 Cardero St.
Box Office: Online: brownpapertickets.com
By phone: 1-800-838-3006