My Wonderful Day

My Wonderful Day Characters male femaleComedyWinnie is nearly nine Her mum Laverne is second generation Afro Caribbean and heavily pregnant but continues with her cleaning job since her husband left while she d

  • Title: My Wonderful Day
  • Author: Alan Ayckbourn
  • ISBN: 9780573699498
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Characters 2 male, 4 femaleComedyWinnie is nearly nine Her mum, Laverne, is second generation Afro Caribbean and heavily pregnant but continues with her cleaning job since her husband left while she dreams of moving the family back to Martinique Tuesdays are special Laverne insists that Winnie speaks only French in preparation for Martinique and today is Tuesday noCharacters 2 male, 4 femaleComedyWinnie is nearly nine Her mum, Laverne, is second generation Afro Caribbean and heavily pregnant but continues with her cleaning job since her husband left while she dreams of moving the family back to Martinique Tuesdays are special Laverne insists that Winnie speaks only French in preparation for Martinique and today is Tuesday not her usual day to clean at the north London house of Kevin Tate, an affluent, bad tempered, philandering, minor television personality Not well enough to go to school, Winnie accompanies her mum and settles down to her homework an essay entitled My Wonderful Day Throughout the course of the next few hours, the shy, astute and ever watchful Winnie will amass plenty of material for her essay as a variety of adults parades before her Kevin s baby talking and patronizing mistress, his vengeful wife, and the hungover family friend who pours out his heart believing that Winnie doesn t speak English But as events reach a frenzied climax, Winnie s essay will speak volumes.This hilarious and bitter sweet classic from Alan Ayckbourn premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough before transferring to New York and a UK tour The play is told through the child s eyes, without an interval, and there is much scope for imaginative lighting and staging Alan Ayckbourn back on blistering form My Wonderful Day finds him in top form and breaking new ground The play is often blissfully and farcically funny But there is an ache of sorrow here for children who have to grow up too quickly Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph.a startling play full of Ayckbourn s rueful, comic wisdom Michael Billington, Guardian A compellingly still center lurks within the farcical storm of My Wonderful Day, the charming, rueful new comedy The New York Times Ayckbourn is on top form here in his devilishly witty writingHis social commentary has renewed bite too, Ayckbourn taking a swipe at soulless city developments in an advert for Fantacity, and issuing a cry from the heart about the loneliness of boarding schoolsAyckbourn triumphs again with his wonderful new play The Press One of Ayckbourn s terrific qualities lies in making what must be awful for his characters funny for us Why this never seems cruel is part of the miracle, and must relate to their inability ever to consider they are being ridiculous Ayckbourn can bring the house down with a single word The Times Ayckbourn s 73rd play is a feat of extraordinary imagination Sorry, another extraordinary feat of imagination At 70 years old, the playwright is still tinkering with the mechanics of the stage and what can be done within its realmsBy the end of the interval less hour and 50 minutes I was willing the show to go on I could have spent several hours watching the world through Winnie s eyes Yorkshire Post

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    1. Love Alan Ayckbourn.Like My Wonderful Day.Wished I loved it. Maybe I was expecting too much. It doesn't have the usual twists and turns of an Ayckbourn play. Story is very simple.

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