The garden. Saturday 5.30pm. A cancelled tryst and a cat up a tree.

ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN makes up one part of Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece THE NORMAN CONQUESTS trilogy, from the perspective of the bramble-filled garden.

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Overview

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 one weekend in the English country, Norman has a simple mission: to disrupt, inspire and make his extended family happy. Whether they like it or not.

He’s arranged to meet Annie, stuck at home and tired of looking after her cantankerous invalid mother, for an illicit weekend away. But there’s a hitch – Annie is the sister of Norman’s to-the-point and career-driven wife Ruth. And now her oblivious brother Reg and his controlling wife Sarah have arrived to help. Add the local vet Tom and the scene is set for one hell of a weekend.

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.

LIVING TOGETHER

The sitting room. Saturday 6.30pm. Board games and much too much dandelion wine.

From 26 Oct.
Best availability from 11 Dec.

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TABLE MANNERS

The dining room. Saturday 6pm. A biscuit fight, a cold meal and a cold–shoulder.

From 19 Oct.
Best availability from 27 Dec.

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Reviews

★★★★½ "As for this thrilling production, the performances are a joy to behold....The direction itself was masterful (Mark Kilmurry)...I recommend you get along to these shows for a night of good feeling and fun." ArtsHub

★★★★ "The Norman Conquests is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s greatest achievements... It’s also a great achievement for Mark Kilmurry as director and for the company of actors who effortlessly handle the huge undertaking... straight up comedy gold. Recommended." Stage Noise

★★★½ "The shrewd plotting of [Ayckbourn's] plays, brilliantly exemplified by the 45-year-old trilogy known as The Norman Conquests." The Sydney Morning Herald

"This Mark Kilmurry-directed production is a cut above, with Ayckbourn’s somewhat heightened portraits coming across as fleshy and fully human." Audrey Journal

"This revival, directed by Mark Kilmurry, is bright and bubbly, a compelling jaunt back in time... by an excellent, and tireless, uniformly captivating cast." Suzy Goes See

Cast & Creatives
Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Playwright

Mark Kilmurry

Mark Kilmurry

Director

Liz Arday

Liz Arday

Assistant Director

Danielle Carter

Danielle Carter

Cast - Sarah

Rachel Gordon

Rachel Gordon

Cast - Ruth

Brian Meegan

Brian Meegan

Cast - Reg

Sam O’Sullivan

Sam O’Sullivan

Cast - Tom

Yalin Ozucelik

Yalin Ozucelik

Cast - Norman

Matilda Ridgway

Matilda Ridgway

Cast - Annie

Hugh O’Connor

Hugh O’Connor

Set and Costume Designer

Scott Allan

Scott Allan

Lighting Designer

Dani Ironside

Dani Ironside

Stage Manager

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FAQ

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.