Relatively Speaking: 1980

A play by British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, originally titled Meet My Father, his first major success.

We did farces, not very well. Relatively Speaking was probably the best performed. One involved a working staircase with a working cupboard underneath. The dress rehearsal was mostly a set-building exercise and finished at about 11:30pm.

For one play – can’t remember what – a box set had a row of flats across the back of the stage. After much hurried labour the thing was complete – and then, as we were about to go on, the flats subsided in sequence from left to right, like dominoes.

Geoff Guy