The sitting room. Saturday 6.30pm. Board games and much too much dandelion wine.
LIVING TOGETHER makes up one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece THE NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy, from the perspective of the sitting room.
Norman doesn’t exactly look like one of the world’s great lovers. There’s no square jaw or twinkle in his eye. Instead he has a beard that wanders aimlessly, a penchant for puffa puffa rice and the libido of an oversexed sheepdog. Over the course of a weekend he has a simple mission: to disrupt, inspire and make his extended family happy. Whether they like it or not.
Alan Ayckbourn’s award-winning trilogy THE NORMAN CONQUESTS is a comic masterpiece of three parallel plays, each tracing the unravelling of Norman and his flailing romantic ambitions from a slightly different, and often simultaneous, perspective – TABLE MANNERS from the dining room, LIVING TOGETHER from the sitting room and ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN from the bramble-filled garden.
A rare treat of theatrical ingenuity, the three plays tell and retell the turbulently entertaining story with increasing nuance and humour as offstage conversations and antics from one play appear onstage in another.
See one, or better see them all, in any order, for the complete experience.
ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN
The garden. Saturday 5.30pm. A cancelled tryst and a cat up a tree.
The dining room. Saturday 6pm. A biscuit fight, a cold meal and a cold–shoulder.
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“Blissful…brilliantly ingenious…the dramatic technique is dazzling.” The Telegraph UK
“…one of the comic events of the year…Such a three-dimensional experience in the theatre is unique not only because of the intricacy of the plotting, but because of the consistent quality of the laughs.” Evening Standard
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THE NORMAN TRILOGY DAY – 3 plays, 1 day
Why not make a day of it and enjoy all three of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS on one of our trilogy days? With their overlapping stories and ensemble of actors, we couldn’t resist showcasing all three plays, playing back-to-back on four special Saturdays.
Each play can be enjoyed as a single performance, or seen in any sequence over different days, but if you spend a whole day with Norman, it allows you to experience Alan Ayckbourn’s clever writing and brilliance all in one sitting.
Turn your trilogy day into a fabulous theatre and dining experience – book a meal at Bayly’s Bistro or enjoy drinks and snacks at our Foyer Bar.
THE NORMAN TRILOGY DAY
1pm TABLE MANNERS (Approx. 2hrs 5mins incl. interval)
4.30pm LIVING TOGETHER (Approx. 2hrs incl. interval)
8.15pm ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN (Approx. 2hrs incl. interval)
Saturday, 10 November 2018 | SOLD OUT
Saturday, 24 November 2018 | SOLD OUT
Saturday, 29 December 2018 | BOOK NOW
Saturday, 12 January 2019 | SOLD OUT
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What order should I see the plays in?
There is no correct order to see The Norman Conquests trilogy. The trilogy has tended to be staged in the order of TABLE MANNERS, LIVING TOGETHER and ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN but this is not a preferred choice of the playwright and not required to enjoy and understand the show.
What is the chronological order of the plays?
There is no correct ‘chronological order’ of the plays as much of the action happens simultaneously (one play shows what is happening in the dining room at the same time that another play shows what is happening in the living room). ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN starts with the earliest scene but ends with the latest.
Do I have to see them all?
Each play can be seen individually. There is no denying that the experience is richer for seeing all three plays, but it is not necessary and the story of the weekend is perfectly entertaining and clear in each play.