As the lights went on, before the first interval, there was a general, confused silence and then, a hubbub of voices expressing surprise and bewilderment. Many in the audience were speculating that they had stumbled into the wrong play; many were unconvinced that it was an Alan Ayckbourn play they were watching!
Now, whilst I agreed with many of the comments - this was certainly a different kind of Ayckbourn, I was enjoying the play. It was very different and very clever. According to the writer, when he spoke about the play before the production, there were several inspirations for the play, not least his interest in longevity and how advances in medical science are rapidly and dramatically prologing the average person's lifespan.
Genre-blending Ayckbourn mixes futuristic hi-tech with farcical comedy into a bitter-sweet romance that, as he says, "reflects the present by extending the trends of today to their logical conclusion".
Overall, a wonderful new Ayckbourn play but very different from his more usual bedroom farces and not one for the faintheated or if you're hoping for a good romp through middle class manners and lives. I think Chris secretly enjoyed it but he kept very quiet!!