Michael Frayn, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Hodge, John Hodgkinson, Lyndsey Marshal & Judith Scott – Complete Signed Theatre Programme – ‘Absurdia’ – 2007



This 90-minute show consists of three short plays in the absurdist tradition: two old ones by NF Simpson and a brand-new piece by Michael Frayn. But, although the evening has many pleasures, I think we should be careful how we define the word “absurdist”. It commonly applies to a continental theatrical movement in which man is an exile in a world deprived of reason, religion and ideology. These plays, however, are absurd in a defiantly British sense, whimsically inventive pieces about the application of logic to illogical situations. A complete theatre programme signed by all those listed above; please see the gallery for images of the signed pages.