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Taking Steps - Full Length Play, Comedy

Taking Steps

Alan Ayckbourn

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573692840

"A farce of riotous delight." - Evening News

"Superbly funny hilarious." - The Guardian

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Roland, a hard drinking tycoon, is considering buying an old Victorian house, once a brothel. His solicitor and the vendor, a builder, arrive to complete the deal. Also in the house are his wife, a frustrated dancer who is always considering leaving him, her brother and later the brother's fiancee, who is uncertain whether or not to run away. In the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and downstairs and in and out of rooms, these characters, each immersed in a personal problem, try to sort themselves out. The first act curtain finds the solicitor in bed with the wife thinking her to be a ghost and the fiancee inadvertently shut in the attic cupboard by the distraught tycoon who has taken refuge there in the spare bed. All this takes place in a highly ingenious and original setting in which all the rooms, passages and stairs are on a single level.


"A farce of riotous delight." - Evening News

"Superbly funny hilarious." - The Guardian



4m, 2f

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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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Elizabeth Durand 1/19/2015 3:34 PM
This is a wonderful play.  It was done here by one of our local community theatres.  It is well written and inventive - the staging directions are marvelous.  I would recommend  to any company.  

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