Alan Ayckbourn, Absent Friends (1974)
The comedy concerns one quite eventful Saturday evening and is entirely set in Diana and Paul’s living-room.
Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancée, which is why his so-called “best” friends arrange a tea party for him. Ironically enough, Colin seems to be the only happy character in the play.
Colin’s friends have their own troubles: marital problems, sadness, affairs, arrogance, pretended illnesses, etc. How may Colin change their lives?
Diana: Tessa Renner (JS2)
Colin: Nuno Dehmel (JS2)
Marge: Paula Pantleon (JS2)
Evelyn: Franziska Grauer (JS2)
John: Marcel Schliebs (JS2)
Paul: Justus Raimann (JS2)
D: You must come down for tea. Colin’s coming.
P: Colin who?
D: Colin. You know, Col –
P: Oh, that Colin. Is he? […]
D: Now, Paul, you can’t do that. Colin is coming. He is your friend. You can’t just go upstairs …
P: Excuse me, he is not a friend of mine. He was never a friend of mine …