My Wonderful Day
Full Length Play, Comedy / 2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
"Alan Ayckbourn back on blistering form...My Wonderful Day finds him in top form — and breaking new ground. The play is often blissfully and farcically funny. But there is an ache of sorrow here for children who have to grow up too quickly."
"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
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: In and around Kevin Tat'es home in North London on a Tuesday in November.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Casting2m, 3f, 1girl(s)
LAVERNE BARNSTAIRS - her mother, late 20s/ early 30s
THE MAN (KEVIN TATE) - 40s
PAULA - his wife, 30s
TIFFANY - the secretary, 20s
JOSH - the friend, 40s
- Roles for Children
It is appreciated that one of the diffi culties of this play is in casting Winnie the right age. Either she needs to be played by a young actor of a similar age with all the ensuing legal and logistical problems which casting an under-age performer entails or the role may be played by a slightly older actor who is able to create a truthful and credible impression of the character’s age. This, after all, is theatre! In either case, it is vital that the role is not in any way “up-aged”. Winnie is a child and this play is told through a child’s eyes.
My Wonderful Day premiered at the Stepehn Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in October 2009 under the direction of Alan Ayckbourn.