How The Other Half Loves (1969)This article was written by Alan Ayckbourn for the programme for the world premiere of How The Other Half Loves at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1969.
This is my sixth play* to see its first light of day in Scarborough and, like the others, it's a comedy. I suppose it's inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between this and Relatively Speaking. In fact, it's an exploration of the same sort of theme but with a few decided differences. I've attempted, both in writing and production, to dispense with a conventional composite double setting and superimpose the rooms one upon the other. Thus there are moments when you will see two families existing in the same physical area, living out their lives, one unaware of the other. I've also fiddled about with the time sequence, in one scene, when it's Thursday for one couple and Friday for the other. Anyway, all this should be perfectly clear - if it isn't blame the director and not the author.
* It was actually the playwright's seventh play to premiere in Scarborough.
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