Don’t get confused! Steeple Aston Players will be performing their latest production at Steeple Aston village hall throughout this weekend.
The troupe’s latest offering is Confusions, a piece written by Alan Ayckbourn consisting of five interconnected one-act plays – of which SAPs will perform four – first staged in 1974.
Each play deals comically, but with sharply pointed undertones, with human eccentricities and loneliness.
The performance begins with five very different characters sitting on park benches.
Each person has their own troubles. Arthur, a rather suspect fellow with an interest in cigarette card collecting and women-watching, sits next to Beryl and starts to relate his story of his likes and dislikes. Beryl is understandably quite disturbed by this, and proceeds in going to sit with Charles.
Beryl is a young woman with a husband who beats her, and so she tells Charles this story and reads out a letter from him.
Charles becomes quite sick of hearing this, so excuses himself and goes to sit next to man-hating dog-loving Doreen. Charles is an old business man on the verge of bankruptcy and so has no time for the youth of today.
He reminisces on a happier time with his wife and children and asks Doreen to help him decipher his business report. Doreen is at this point very scared of the man who she thinks is perving on her, and so she sits next to Ernest who is very annoyed with being disturbed by a paranoid woman who starts to harp on about her dog.
This is followed by Between Mouthfuls, an awkward social interaction in a restaurant, then Mother Figure where we meet a young mother, Lucy, who is unable to escape from her world of small children. Finally there’s a disastrous village fete which starts like all village fetes do but develops into chaos as things go wrong and climaxes to a complete disaster.
Confusions will be performed in Steeple Aston Village Hall today (Thursday)and tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, October 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (£6 concessions) and are on sale at The Village Shop or from Alan Wightman on 01869 324875 or 07538 144362.