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Act One to end the year with Absent Friends

Cardiff University’s drama society closes the 2013-14 season with the production of Absent Friends, written by Alan Ayckbourn. This one night production will run on Tuesday 6 May at the YMCA theatre in Roath.

This ‘exquisite comedy’ is set purely in a 1970’s Living room, where the group of ‘absent’ friends have planned a tea party in an attempt to cheer up their old friend Colin after his fiancee’s death. However, Colin’s surprising happiness only sheds light on his friend’s complicated and unhappy lives.

This witty production shows that not everything is as it seems on the surface; with accusations, arguments and enough awkward silences to guarantee a night of laughter and enjoyment.

The production recently enjoyed a successful run on the West End, and Act One are hoping to capitalise on its revival – as well as introduce the Cardiff student audience to Ayckbourn’s writing. Absent Friends uses laughter and comedy to camouflage an acute social observation, which makes for an interesting and enjoyable watch.

Absent Friends was cast just over a month ago; consisting of six undergraduate students, who have rehearsed intensively over the Easter break. Regardless of the upcoming exams and deadlines, every individual has put 100% into rehearsals, which will no doubt be evident on the night!

The director, Harry Spencer, adds that: “Every single cast member has brought a part of themselves to their role and blown my initial ideas right out of the water, taking the production from strength to strength. I don’t think anyone is looking forward to seeing them on the night more than I!”

Absent Friends will be performed in the YMCA theatre, The Walk, Roath on the 6th May at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the door by cash or card, or online at 

Keep up to date with the production by following @absentactone.

Lisa Childs

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