Terence Frisch stars as Sidney in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular at Watford Palace Theatre. The production, directed by Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Watford Palace Theatre Brigid Larmour, runs until 30 March.

You’re appearing in Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular at Watford Palace Theatre, what can you tell us about it?

It’s an hilarious 3 act play, set over 3 different Christmas Eves, in the kitchens, of three different couples from different social classes, and charts their changing fortunes.

You have a long history with Watford Palace Theatre, how will this role be different?

Well, for a start, I won’t be wearing a dress and for change I’m already married. It’s also set in the ‘real’ world.  Mind you Pantoland is very real for the characters.

What’s your favourite thing about the character, Sidney?

I love his practicality; he’s a ‘man who can’ and I admire his resilience.

What do you enjoy most about Alan Ayckbourn’s writing?

It’s so well crafted.  His language is so specific; he’s done all the work already.  As an actor your job is not to bugger it up!

How have you been getting to know your fellow cast mates?

Well, I’ve worked with 3 of them, so there’s only a couple to get to know.  We sometimes socialise over a drink after rehearsals, but to be honest we spend so much time together all day, that we don’t have much choice.  Luckily everyone’s very nice and we all get along very well.  We have a lot of laughs in the rehearsal room.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to see Absurd Person Singular?

Please come; theatre is so much better with an audience.  I promise you that you’ll have really good night out and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Greg is an award-winning writer with a huge passion for theatre. He has appeared on stage, as well as having directed several plays in his native Scotland. Greg is the founder and editor of Theatre Weekly


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