Woman in Mind
By Alan Ayckbourn
Easter May Week
Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Woman in Mind’ is a painful comedy about the breakdown of a middle-class housewife, Susan, presented from her perspective. Two families cohabit in Susan’s mind: her real family (her dreary Reverend of a husband, insipid sister-in-law and son who's disappeared after joining a cult) and her imagined family (the ‘perfect’ husband, doting brother and admiring daughter.) Gerald, the real husband, is apathetic, unsupportive and unsympathetic. His sister is a pain. Meanwhile, the GP is trying to flirt with Susan. As Susan gets worse, the two worlds begin to blur: the imagined family becomes nightmarish, no longer under her control.
Mock the dysfunctional which resembles your life all too much! Bask in the satisfaction of watching supposed perfection fall apart! Reflect upon the pain behind the humour. What better catharsis than comedy?
Swinging between the poignant and the ridiculous, this play is as heart-breaking as it is hilarious.