Time Of My Life
is set in a restaurant of indeterminate origin in Yorkshire.
Adel Players start their 2018-2019 season with an Ayckbourn comedy, Time of My Life, which will be performed at Adel Memorial Hall from 24-27 October. Set during the recession of the early 1990s this is that rarity, a specifically northern Ayckbourn play, one with Yorkshire patterns of speech, plain speaking and blunt humour. It is all the funnier for being so close to home, though the behaviour and foibles are universal.
Master craftsman Ayckbourn begins the story in the present but, as the tale unfolds, he moves the action back to the past and onwards to the future. Time of My Life is an observational comedy which, as is often the case with Ayckbourn, has a dark side. The action takes place in a family-run restaurant which could be Greek, Italian, Turkish, French …..
Gerry, a bluff no nonsense businessman, is seated at one of the larger tables with his wife Laura, ready to celebrate her birthday with the family. It is 10 pm on Saturday the 18th of January. The couple are soon joined by their elder son Glyn and his wife Stephanie, and their younger son Adam and his new girlfriend Maureen. Against the backdrop of business problems caused by the recession it is not long before family and marital conflicts emerge. At one of the smaller tables Glyn and Stephanie play out two years of their lives in the future, while at the other Adam and Maureen play out the previous two months from their first date to the night of Laura’s birthday, after which life for all of them will change forever.