Consuming Passions: In Brief

Key Facts relating to Alan Ayckbourn's Consuming Passions
  • Consuming Passions is Alan Ayckbourn's 80th play.
  • It is the only Ayckbourn play to have two named parts / acts; Premonitions & Repercussions. The two parts can be performed separately but they are considered as a single piece; it is considered to be one play in two parts (such as The Revengers' Comedies) as opposed to a duology (such as House & Garden) or two one act plays connected by an over-arching title (such as Farcicals).
  • The world premiere of Consuming Passions took place in The McCarthy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 12 August 2016.
  • However, the two parts were individually premiered first in The Bistro at the SJT on 5 August (Premonitions) and 6 August (Repercussions) 2016.
  • The play was devised to have its two parts performed either separately or together (the nearest precedent by the playwright is The Revengers' Comedies pt.I & II which can be performed separately or on the same day but must be seen in order to make sense).
  • It is the one of the few Ayckbourn plays whose original production was produced in two venues. When the parts are performed separately, they were intended to be performed as lunchtimes in The Bistro at the SJT with the 'complete' play performed in the end-stage The McCarthy at the SJT; other plays whose original production played in different venues include Confusions and Farcicals.
  • It is described by the playwright as "Hitchcock meets The Twilight Zone".
  • The first part / act is set in the Clapham-based Ristorante Calvinu and features the waiters, Aggi and Dinka. Ayckbourn fans will recognise the waiters from Time Of My Life where they worked for restauranteur Calvinu in the northern restaurant, Essa de Calvi.
  • It is the shortest of Alan Ayckbourn's full-length plays running at just 1 hour and twenty minutes with interval.
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