Confusions, a series of plays for four-to-five actors, typifies Alan Ayckbourn’s particular brand of black comedy on human behaviour. The plays are alternately naturalistic, stylised and farcical, but underlying each is the echoing problem of profound loneliness.

From a devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through a solicitous waiter to well-heeled diners and an utterly shambolic garden fete; human frailty is laid bare as one hilarious situation after another unfolds.

From high farce to poignant observation; the laughs, however dark, keep coming.

Directed by David Mears


Terry – Barry Purchase-Rathbone

Charles – David Derrington

Doreen – Margot McCleary

Beryl & Polly – Vicki Jamieson

Arthur – Kevin Hand

Lucy Compton – Zoe Mortimer

Rosemary – Charlotte Froud

Harry Compton & Gordon Gosforth – David Mears

Paula – Jemima Davis

Bernice – KristiyanaPetkova

Waiter – Elliot Gear

Donald Pearce – Graham Tyrer

Cllr Emily Pearce – Jane Grafton

Steve Bizley – Martin

Lily Skinner – Milly

Justin Osborne – Stewart Stokes

David Gresham – The Reverend John Braithwaite

Running time: 2hrs 20mins including an interval.

No performance on Sunday 3 or Monday 4 April.

Performance Dates
1 - 9 April 2022
7:30pm (2:30pm matinee 9 April)

The Bear Pit Theatre

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