Joking Apart to be performed by Players
Liz Crosthwaite • Published 22 Mar 2013 11:00 0 Comments
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The cast of Riverside Players' production of Joking Apart
LAUGH away the winter blues with Riverside Players' production of Alan Ayckbourn's Joking Apart.
Said by the playwright to a favourite of his own pieces, the production follows the naturally successful Richard and Anthea.
The pair almost unconsciously but ruthlessly dominate the lives of those with whom they are associated - in business or as neighbours.
The play is set in their garden over a 12 year span, focusing on four parties, four years apart - on bonfire night, a summer tennis party, Boxing Day and their daughter Debbie's 18th birthday.
Over the course of the play, life for the three other couples who orbit Richard and Anthea starts to fall apart, due to a mixture of bitterness, jealousy, animosity
All the other couples are left poorer people by their relationship with Richard and Anthea, who are blissfully unaware that anything is wrong in their perfect world. The Players describe the play as "funny, poignant and deliciously dark, in that unique Ayckbourn way".
The show will be performed from today (Thursday) until to Saturday at the Memorial Hall, Old Windsor, at 8pm. Tickets are £9, with concessions £7. Call the box office on 07717 671765, or visit
This article appeared in Bracknell News 21 Mar 13