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Family Album

Saturday 5 November, 2022 at 2:30 pm

The Stephen Joseph Theatre presents a new play written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Now we’re leaving… all the skeletons are suddenly jumping out of their cupboards.

A moving-in day, 1952.
A birthday party, 1992.
A moving-out day, 2022.

Join RAF veteran John and housewife Peggy as they proudly move into the first home they can really call their own; daughter Sandra, frantically negotiating the challenges of a 10-year-old’s birthday party without her AWOL husband; and granddaughter Alison, finally escaping the house she has somewhat unwillingly inherited.

Alan Ayckbourn’s new play tenderly chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home.

Age guidance: 12+


“The cast of five are outstanding”
The Yorkshire Post

“Tenderly written, ingeniously constructed family drama about how the past informs the present”
The Stage

The Reviews Hub

“Entertaining and powerful”

“Ayckbourn’s deft and light touch takes you deviously into darker reaches of the soul”
Scarborough Evening News

“A theatrically playful snapshot of 70 years of social flux, all witnessed by this one perceptive playwright”
The Guardian

“Witty, well-acted”
The Times

Running time

First half: 45 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Second half: 45 minutes

The play will finish around 9.20pm.

A new play written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Design by Kevin Jenkins
Lighting Design by Jason Taylor
Sound Design by Alan Ayckbourn
Associate Sound Design by Paul Stear
Casting by Sarah Hughes CDG

All pictures © Tony Bartholomew


Friend of the Old Laundry£29
Dine Out (includes 2 course meal @ 6pm)£50
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Saturday 5 November, 2022
2:30 pm
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Old Laundry Theatre
Crag Brow, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX United Kingdom
015394 40872


Bowness Theatre Festival