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Neighbourhood Watch (Ayckbourn) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Neighbourhood Watch (Ayckbourn)

Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573113185

Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A living-room

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre

Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. Just as they are preparing for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies' neighbours congregate in their living room and together they agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incidents. But after the Massies' beloved garden gnome Monty is thrown through their window, matters swiftly escalate, complicated by Martin's burgeoning romance with Amy, wife of Gareth, who was formerly involved with Luther, husband of Magda… What begins as a well-intentioned scheme for a safer community ends in violence and acrimony.


REVIEWS

"This timely and provocative play rivets attention throughout. There are some blissful comic moments and even that staple of Ayckbourn’s dramatic world, an ornamental garden gnome, has a crucial part to play." - Charles Spencer, Telegraph

"This superbly acted, painfully funny and truthful play shows Ayckbourn in no danger of slowing down or having his age yet catch up with the number of plays he has written." - Mark Shenton, The Stage


First performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in September 2011.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

MARTIN, 40s
HILDA, his sister, a little older
LUTHER, 30s
MAGDA, his wife, 20s
GARETH, 50s
AMY, his wife, 30s
ROD, 60s
DOROTHY, 60s
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Author
Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves ... view full profile

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