Joking Apart (play)

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Joking Apart
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Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Characters Richard
Anthea
Hugh
Louise
Sven
Olive
Brian
Melody / Mandy / Mo / Debbie
Date premiered 11 January 1978
Place premiered Stephen Joseph Theatre (Westwood site), Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Original language English
Subject A happy couple and those around them
Setting Four parties over twelve years
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Alan Ayckbourn chronology
Ten Times Table
(1977)
Sisterly Feelings
(1979)

Joking Apart is a 1978 play by English playwright Alan Ayckbourn. It was written in response to comments that Ayckbourn only ever wrote about unhappy couples. In this play, Richard and Anthea are a perfectly happy married couple, who inadvertently worsen the lives of those around them.

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