Absurd Person Singular

A Bear Pit Theatre Production

Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades his wife Jane to throw a Christmas party, hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect.

As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and the Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

Directed by Vanessa Comer

Cast includes: 

Paul Tomlinson – Sidney Hopcroft

Viv Tomlinson – Jane Hopcroft

Peter Ward – Geoffrey Jackson

Kathy Buckingham-Underhill – Eva Jackson

Lesley Simms – Marion Brewster-Wright

Graham Buckingham-Underhill – Ronald Brewster-Wright


There will be a Socially Distanced Performance on Saturday 11 & 18 December at 2:30pm.

A reduced capacity auditorium supporting our more vulnerable audiences. You will be seated with an empty row in front and behind you and with one empty seat between parties. We will ask you to wear a mask throughout your visit unless exempt.

Please phone the Box Office on 01789 333935 to book tickets for this performance.

Age Guidance 14+ (Contains adult themes)

We wanted to reassure you that we’re working hard to maintain as safe a venue as we can during the run of these performances.

Following the recent UK Government announcement, face coverings will now become a condition of entry to our building for everyone aged 11 and over, unless medically exempt. Upon your arrival, please inform our volunteers if you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering

We will ask audiences to wear face coverings at all times during their visit, including during the performance, unless actively eating or drinking.

Performance Dates
10 - 18 December 2021
7:30pm (2:30pm matinees 11 & 18 December)

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