Who could be more normal than happily married, comfortably off, pleasantly reserved Guy? On the sudden death of his wife, what could be more normal than him seeking consolation elsewhere? By joining the Local Light Operatic Society, for instance? By accident, rather than design (in fact, by not saying “no” to anything be it a request to obtain confidential information from his company or an offer of illicit sex) he advances from a one line part to the lead. As the play progresses the author skilfully draws a parallels between John Gay’s The Beggars Opera and the day to day activities of the society who are performing it. Ayckbourn goes on showing how painfully embarrassed are the British in the face of emotion and keeps us laughing in happy recognition.
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