Full Length Play
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - In and around Kevin Tat'es home in North London on a Tuesday in November.
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Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
Winnie is nearly nine. Her mum, Laverne, is second-generation Afro-Caribbean and heavily pregnant but continues with her cleaning job since her husband left while she dreams of moving the family back to Martinique. Tuesdays are special: Laverne insists that Winnie speaks only French (in preparation for Martinique) and today is Tuesday — not her usual day to clean at the north London house of Kevin Tate, an affluent, bad-tempered, philandering, minor television personality. Not well enough to go to school, Winnie accompanies her mum and settles down to her homework: an essay entitled "My Wonderful Day." Throughout the course of the next few hours, the shy, astute and ever-watchful Winnie will amass plenty of material for her essay as a variety of adults parades before her: Kevin's baby-talking and patronizing mistress, his vengeful wife, and the hungover family friend who pours out his heart believing that Winnie doesn't speak English. But as events reach a frenzied climax, Winnie's essay will speak volumes. This hilarious and bitter-sweet classic from Alan Ayckbourn is told through the child's eyes, without an interval, and there is much scope for imaginative lighting and staging.
"4 stars! Alan Ayckbourn is justly celebrated for writing great parts for women...but this, his 73rd adult drama, marks his furthest exploration into the pre-teen mind." - The Guardian, Read More
"A compellingly still center lurks within the farcical storm of My Wonderful Day, the charming, rueful new comedy written and directed by the indefatigable Alan Ayckbourn." - The New York Times, Read More
"This is an extremely funny and perceptive play by the acknowledged master of British comedy. A real crowd-pleaser." - Theatre is Easy, Read More
My Wonderful Day premiered at the Stepehn Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in October 2009 under the direction of Alan Ayckbourn.