FOR its next production, Ruislip Dramatic Society is providing a slice of festive cheer for all to enjoy at the Compass Theatre.

The group will be performing Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular, a classic Christmas comedy which peeps behind the kitchen door at three Christmas parties, revealing hysterical happenings but also the changing fortunes of its party hosts.

Three Christmases, three kitchens and three wildly-incompatible couples provide the ingredients for this wonderful seasonal offering from Britain’s favourite playwright.

There’s the ‘lower class’ but very much up and coming Hopcrofts in their bright new, gadget-filled kitchen, keen to impress with a little party for their bank manager and his wife and an architect neighbour.

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Then there’s the architect himself and his wife in their neglected, untidy flat with a somewhat wild and aggressive dog! 

Lastly, there’s the bank manager and his wife in their freezing cold, large and slightly-modernised, old Victorian style kitchen.

Chaos reigns as social climbing turns into domestic disaster. Absurd Person Singular won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy when it was first performed and is now seen as an Ayckbourn classic.

A West End hit, it ran for nearly 1,000 performances in its first year before opening on Broadway and has since had countless revivals plus a TV adaptation by the BBC.

November 15-18, 7.45pm, Ruislip Dramatic Society presents ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham. Tickets: £12 or £11 concessions (available on Wed/Thu only). Book online at and Tel. RDS on 07856 246517 or the Compass on 01895 250615.