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Absent Friends - Union Theatre

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success last year of Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions, the Union Theatre is presenting the Ayckbourn classic Absent Friends – from Tuesday, October 26 to Saturday, November 13, 2010.

A group of friends offer tea and sympathy to Colin, whose fiancee has recently drowned. Everybody skirts around the reason for the invitation except Colin, who is blissful in the memory of the time he spent with her – annoyingly happy in fact.

His (apparent) satisfaction with his life highlights the depths to which all those around have sunk and so, duty-bound, he goes about healing their wounds.

Absent Friends is a light comedy of manners and morals, honed with acute social observation, riddled with embarrassing situations and dusted with brittle wit. Not just black comedy (which is usually funnier than gloomy) it’s a bleak comedy – cold, hard and ruthless.

Absent Friends is directed by award-winning director Ben De Wynter who, earlier this year, directed A Man of No Importance which transferred from The Union to The Arts Theatre.

The cast includes Giles Fagan, Andrew Obeney, Shaun Stone, Gillian McCafferty, Olivia Busby and Fiona Gordon.

Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £11 Credit Crunch Tuesday.

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm.