By Alan Ayckbourn
Performed Fri 29 Nov 2013 and Sat 30 Nov 2013 at Create Theatre
Directed by Belinda Salt.
Four into three won't go; except, it miraculously does in Bedroom farce by Alan Ayckbourn. A pair of roving neurotics parade their problems around the bedrooms of three other couples; and what emerges is Ayckbourn’s hilariously bleak view of middle-class marriage.
Through their monstrous selfishness, the itinerant Trevor and Susannah expose the fissures in other people's marriages.
The ageing Ernest and Delia have dwindled into a docile companionship where the most exciting thing they do in bed is eat pilchards. The cantankerous, business-driven Nick and Jan have both settled for second best. Even the playful Malcolm and Kate, who seem the best adjusted, discover their marriage is not all it might be: he stashes porn in the sock drawer, while, during sex, her attention drifts on to whether to stain the floorboards.
With deft skill, Ayckbourn shows marriage as an institution sustained more by ingrained habit than mutual excitement.