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How the Other Half Loves at Ballard School's performing arts centre in New Milton

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NEW Forest Players will return to Ballard School’s performing arts centre next month for a four-night run of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy How the Other Half Loves.

Dating back to 1969, the play marks Ayckbourn’s earliest success, but is often hailed as shockingly up to date.

The farce follows the consequences of an adulterous affair between a married man and his boss’s wife and their attempts to cover their tracks by roping in a third couple to be their alibi, resulting in a chain of misunderstandings, conflicts and revelations.

Director Claire Nicholson has set the play in the 1980s
Director Claire Nicholson has set the play in the 1980s

Performed by a cast of six, director Claire Nicholson has set the play in the 1980s with the mix of alleged and very real naughty liaisons, utter confusion and misunderstandings set to keep the audience on their toes for the drama’s two acts.

New Forest Players spokesperson Wendy Beaumont said: “The split set has been designed to depict the two separate homes of the Fosters and Phillips.

“The famous dinner party scene presents numerous obstacles for cast and crew from a staging viewpoint.

“Two of the characters are participating in both dinner parties at once and any play featuring plenty of food and drink presents challenges for cast and crew. It is also extremely funny from the audience’s angle.”

To maintain the flow of the play, scene transition is achieved by using cast members to move furniture and set the scene.

Wendy added: “With the hard work, support and creativity of the talented cast, the set design team and stage crew plus Claire’s directing experience and her interesting choice of music which adds a filmic touch, we are all looking forward to a delightfully happy run of this play.

“We all so need a good boost to our cheerfulness – please come along, sit back and enjoy a great evening out.”

The show is 6th-9th April, tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions and can be purchased online at www.newforestplayers.com or by calling the box office on 01425 542 414.

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