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Absurd Person Singular
By Alan Ayckbourn
Synopsis

The Stage Club is pleased to present the wickedly dark comedy, “Absurd Person Singular”.

A perfect cocktail of bleak truths and wild hilarity - “Absurd Person Singular” walks a fine line between farce and tragedy.

It’s 1970s English suburbia and the only thing Sidney Hopcroft wants for Christmas is to climb the social ladder. When he and his cleaning-obsessed wife Jane hold a drinks party, hoping to impress their high-powered acquaintances, havoc ensues. It’s nothing however compared to what happens at the next two Christmases when their hospitality is returned.

Watch as three couples attempt to deal with their social standing, creaky marriages and the pressures of three Christmas parties. As events spin out of control the play culminates in an uproarious ending.

Alan Ayckbourn's plays have won numerous awards, including seven London Evening Standard Awards and a Tony Award. Staged numerous times on Broadway and in the West End, the play’s wonderfully observed characters have attracted top shelf talent.  This production, directed by Jacqueline Elfick, features a cracker of a cast.  With snobbery, adultery and greed in spades this promises to be a rollicking night out.

Start Sales Date

All Channels :
31 Aug 2017, 4pm.

Duration

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes
(with 15 minutes interval)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infants in arms and children below 12 years old.
  • Children 12 years and above must purchase a ticket for entry.
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Late Seating Advisory:

  • Please be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • Latecomers will not be admitted.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Additional Information

  • There is a glass panel in front of Row AA at the Circle seats section.
  • Left & Right Circle seats are SINGLE seats in a row.
  • Please be informed that Balcony BL/1-2 and Balcony BR/1-2 at the Circle seats section are restricted view seats.

Booster Seats

  • Booster seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. They are not guaranteed and are not included with the purchase of your ticket. Patrons are welcome to bring their own.

Through All SISTIC Channels
S$22 Tickets for Local & Overseas Student / NSF
[Verification: Present valid student pass / SAF 11B (Military IC) upon purchase tickets at counter]
[Valid from 31 Aug 2017 onwards]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets will be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons unable to present proof of eligilibilty are required to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]

15% Discount for Group Booking (Min 4 tickets)
[Valid from 31 Aug 2017 onwards]
[Applicable with minimum 4 tickets per transaction]

10% Discount for British Club member
[Valid from 18 Sep 2017 onwards]
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10% Discount for Google Employees
[Valid from 18 Sep 2017 onwards]
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Through SISTIC Hotline
Free Ticket for teacher with a group of 20 Students

[Valid from 31 Aug 2017 onwards]

Jacqueline Elfick - Director
Jacqueline Elfick has worked as a film and television director and producer for over twenty years. Her commissions have included documentaries and short films for the BBC’s Storyville, ARTE France, SBS Australia, CBC Canada, TV2 Denmark, YLE Finland, VPRO Netherlands. A graduate of UCLA’s screenwriting programme, Jacqueline has written feature screenplays and television pilots for Australian and UK production companies.

Currently, Jacqueline is writing a limited serial for television and working as a development executive for Palm Peach Pictures, a Sydney-based production company. 

A die-hard fan of black comedy, Jacqueline is thrilled to be directing Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular – a gleeful farce with very sharp teeth.

James Patrick Smith – Sidney Hopcroft
This is James’ second role for The Stage Club - his first was as Max, a put upon character in our 2016 production of “Lend Me A Tenor”. An experienced amateur actor, he has performed numerous roles with UK theatre groups. For Crescent Theatre he played the obnoxious tabloid editor, Sidney Skinner, in Ben Elton’s “Silly Cow”. His most recent part was as the outrageously camp and dire Director, Roger De Bris, in Mel Brooks’ musical, “The Producers”, for Bournville Musical Theatre.

He would like to offer his thanks to the cast and production team for all their hard work and support.

Nikki Hewett – Jane Hopcroft
Nikki has been acting with The Stage Club since she moved to Singapore from the UK in 2011. A great lover of pantomime, she started appearing in productions at a very young age. Her pantomime credits include family favourites, “Jack & the Beanstalk”, “Aladdin” and “Sleeping Beauty”. Some of her most memorable adult stage roles include Amanda from Noel Coward's “Private Lives” and Mrs Drudge from Tom Stoppard's “The Real Inspector Hound”. Nikki hopes that the audience enjoys the neurotic, but very lovable character of Jane as much as she does.

Brent Allcock – Ronald Brewster-Wright
This is Brent’s second production with The Stage Club and he’s delighted to bring the role of Ronald to life. More used to life on the opera stage, this is only his second dramatic acting role.

An opera veteran, Brent has appeared in over 50 works ranging from Britten to Wagner. He has performed with Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera and in this country, Singapore Lyric Opera and L’arietta.

Brent was awarded a scholarship to study in Italy and he attended masterclasses with Luciano Pavarotti and Lorin Maazel. He received an Opera Australia Foundation scholarship from Dame Joan Sutherland to continue his studies in America with Richard Miller.

Aurelia Roberts  – Marion Brewster-Wright
After taking a 6-year break from acting, Aurelia is thrilled to be back on stage. This is her second Alan Ayckbourn play, she acted in “Confusions” in 2010, and her 6th play with The Stage Club. Her passion for theatre started at an early age; she loves Shakespeare and she has appeared in “The Taming of the Shrew” twice but in different roles. She has also starred in other Stage Club productions including, “The Crucible”, “Daisy Pulls It Off” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Although she has played diverse roles, Aurelia has never played an alcoholic - she doesn't even like gin! When not on stage, Aurelia loves to spend time with her family and her dog or she goes travelling to exotic locations in Asia. A permanent expat, this is Aurelia's second time living in Singapore - she’s called 10 different countries home, some of them more than once. She works at Google as a Recruiter in their People Operations team and she enjoys the diversity of living, working and acting in Singapore.

Neal Thapar – Geoffrey Jackson
Neal has been in Singapore with his wife and 3 young kids for 5 years. Originally from the UK, he and his wife have spent the past 12 years living in London, New York, Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Singapore and they have had a baby in 3 countries on those travels (so far). Neal made his debut with The Stage Club in May playing a lovelorn actor in our sell-out show, “One Man, Two Guvnors”. No stranger to acting, he performed in various student dramas and musical projects during his London and Philadelphia days including; “The Crucible”, “12 Angry Men” and “Silly Cow”. While at university he acted in and co-directed two original musical comedies. He has a passion for short films and he has worked on a number of projects in an acting, directing and editing capacity.

Alexandra Wong – Eva Jackson
Alexandra has just passed her two year mark in Singapore. She attributes a big part of her love for the Little Red Dot to The Stage Club, with which she is acting for a second time. She’d like to give a special shout-out to her teammates at Google and her parents who are visiting all the way from her home-town of Vancouver, Canada. Give them a wave if you spot them in the audience!

"Staggeringly funny." - Newsweek.

"Best comedy Britain has sent us in years." - The New York Times

“It feels almost indecent to laugh but somehow you just can't stop yourself.” – The Telegraph

“A must.” – Time Out

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Event Date
Wed, 11 - Sat, 14 Oct 2017

8pm

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Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Wed/ Thur
Standard: S$37

Fri/ Sat
Standard: S$42

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