Bedroom Farce


Ruth King

June 1996


Ayckbourn’s comedy takes notions of an ideal relationship, and rearranges them through three bedrooms on one Saturday night.The stuff of gleeful recognition.

Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples' bedrooms during one endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction, beds, tempers, and domestic order are ruffled, leading all the players to a hilariously touching epiphany. Ayckbourn created Bedroom Farce in response to superficial sex farces that emphasized who is in bed with whom at the expense of the complications and tribulations of how they got there. Ayckbourn creates a world with real consequences, even though the circumstances are out of the ordinary. “What I tried to do was avoid the obvious,” says Ayckbourn, “and write a play about the British in bed without emphasizing anything much in the way of sex. Actually, of course, it’s full of sex, but sex of a different sort. It covers a whole wide range of sexual troubles, sexual problems.”