Second Thoughts present Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Improbable Fiction - The Stratford Observer

Second Thoughts present Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Improbable Fiction

Stratford Editorial 24th Feb, 2022   0

ALAN Ayckbourn’s comedy Improbable Fiction is next up for Second Thoughts at The Bear Pit in Stratford, playing from March 2 to 5.

It is set in the small country town of Pendon at a meeting of the local writers’ circle. It’s their scheduled monthly meeting, but as it’s nearly Christmas attendance is down a bit.

And those who do manage to get to chairman Arnold’s house are down a bit, too – the dreaded writer’s block.

They each reveal their progress – or rather, embarrassing lack of it – in their chosen literary genres.

As a desperate measure Arnold proposes they collaborate on a story which combines all their styles.

Cuethunderclap, power cuts and a crazy intertwining of Victorian melodrama, 1920s whodunnit and science fiction.

Central to this vortex of quick-change and highly improbable plotting is Arnold’s elderly – and unseen – mother.

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