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24 Nov 2021 19:30 - 22:00 at Village Hall


Bartholomew Players present: "Table Manners" by Alan Ayckbourn

“Table Manners” is part of Alan Ayckbourn’s well-known Trilogy “The Norman Conquests”, the other two plays being “Round and Round the Garden” and “Living Together”, but each play is complete in itself and can be played as a separate entity. First presented in 1973-1974, with a cast which included Tom Courtenay, Penelope Keith and Felicity Kendal, this is generally considered to be the funniest of the Trilogy (and by Ayckbourn himself).

Annie, bored with looking after her invalid mother, has rather unwisely agreed to go away for an illicit weekend with brother-in-law Norman.  Brother Reg and his difficult wife Sarah arrive as relief carers, but when Sarah finds out about this plan, she calls Norman’s wife, Ruth, to come and put a stop to his philandering. The situation is further complicated by the presence of Tom, Annie’s slow-witted veterinary friend and would-be suitor. The play not only demonstrates Ayckbourn’s comic ability, but his clever observation of human folly as well.

Director Debi Lisburn Diacon, says “Bartholomew Players have been wanting to perform an Ayckbourn play for some time because we believed it would prove a popular choice, and I am excited about this opportunity to direct this well-known comedy.  We are delighted to welcome three talented new cast members into our midst for this production so please do come along and support your Eynsham award-winning am-dram group.  The play written in 1973 addresses marital fidelity, women’s role in society and familial relations whilst also being hugely entertaining. Obviously we still have all these things in our society today so I thought it would be fun to set our production in the present day – there have been some interesting shifts in the norms, but nevertheless, plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.”

As usual, we are partnering with a local good cause for our Supper Show, Eynsham Cricket Club, who are seeking funds to purchase new cricket equipment for their junior sections. They will assist us in organising the evening in return for a share of the profits. We look forward to seeing you!

Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW

Dates: Wed 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26 and Sat 27 Nov 2021

Tickets – for Wed, Thurs and Saturday nights

  • Doors open: 19:00, Performance: 19:30
  • Price: £10.00 (concessions £9.00) 
  • Available: in advance from Denise Santilli, 07721 744020, [email protected], online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/bartholomewplayers, from Evenlode DIY in Eynsham or on the door

Tickets for FRIDAY 26 Nov– must be purchased in advance by 22 Nov

  • Doors open: 18:10, 2-course supper served: 18:30 – 19:30, Performance: 19:30
  • Advance Tickets only: £20.00
  • Available: in advance from Denise Santilli, 07721 744020, [email protected] (not available online)

Website: www.bartholomewplayers.co.uk

Event Venue

Village Hall

46 Back Lane
Oxfordshire  OX29 4QW

T: 0793 583 2702