Better Off Dead

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Alan Ayckbourn's latest play is a comedy of confusion about an grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all.

Credits:

Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Designer: Michael Holt
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes

Price: From £10

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6 September - 6 October 2018
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Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Waterbridge is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop DCI Tommy Middlebrass. But it’s been a while since Tommy was on the TV, Algy’s wife is getting frighteningly forgetful and his adoring PA sometimes oversteps the mark. With constant interruptions, it’s almost the last straw when old acquaintance Gus Crewe turns up to interview him for the press with alarming consequences.

But as Algy’s fictional character takes him over and real people introduce themselves into the dramatic climax of his novel, the lines become blurred and it might just be that fiction, misunderstandings and mistaken identity are closer to the truth than they seem. 

Alan Ayckbourn's latest play is a comedy of confusion about an grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all.

"He is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life's vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity."
The Press (York)


On sale from 19 February 2018

Age guidance: 12+

dates

6 September 2018, 7.00pm

7 September 2018, 7.30pm

8 September 2018, 2.30pm

10 September 2018, 7.30pm

11 September 2018, 7.30pm

12 September 2018, 7.30pm

15 September 2018, 2.30pm

17 September 2018, 7.30pm

20 September 2018, 7.00pm

21 September 2018, 7.30pm

22 September 2018, 2.30pm

26 September 2018, 7.30pm

27 September 2018, 1.30pm

27 September 2018, 7.00pm

29 September 2018, 7.30pm

1 October 2018, 7.30pm

2 October 2018, 7.30pm

5 October 2018, 7.30pm

6 October 2018, 2.30pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough