by Alan Ayckbourn
Confusions is a set of 5 interlinked one acts plays. Each play deals riotously, but with sharply pointed undertones, with human eccentricities and the human dilemmas of loneliness: A mother unable to escape from baby talk, a disastrous fête, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fate-fraught dinner encounter, the final play sums up with five self-immolated characters on a park bench.
This play was performed at Players from March 15-22, 2014
Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE, is a prolific playwright. He has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967.
Major successes include Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests trilogy, Bedroom Farce, Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind (1985), Man Of The Moment and House & Garden.
His plays have won numerous awards, including seven London Evening Standard Awards. They have been translated into over 35 languages and are performed on stage and television throughout the world. Ten of his plays have been staged on Broadway, attracting two Tony nominations, and one Tony award.