Ayckbourn’s celebrated triology The Norman Conquests - three hilarious and poignant plays depicting the same six characters in one house over one weekend, namely Norman and his romantic follies.
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An unknown creature hidden in the shadows, apparently monstrously large and immensely powerful, terrorizes a young woman and a state trooper. But is this gargantuan invader really what it seems to be?
In Table Manners, the action occurs in the dining room of Mother’s house, where a conventional middle-class family is attempting to have a pleasant country weekend. But they are no match for Norman, the bane of the family, who horrifies everyone by doing exactly as he likes.
"Outstanding cast, highly mediocre play. Definitely won't be listening to the rest of the series."
Dr. Loren and his wife live in a beautiful home with their daughter, and are waited upon hand and foot by robots. But daughter Jana is beginning to think her parent's need for robotic assistance is turning their brains to silt, and bodies to mud. She demands of her father to get rid of the robots, or else she will leave the family forever. Unhappy, but caring for his daughter's concerns, Dr. Loren does as asked. But Jana is in for a shock....
"Great episode. Don't read the summary."
The third “battle” of Ayckbourn’s celebrated trilogy The Norman Conquests, returns us to the same weekend in the country, but this time to the setting of Mother’s overgrown English country garden. Something more troublesome than brambles is lurking among the roses. Havoc ensues among the flora and fauna, as this cynical masterpiece makes its way to a hilarious conclusion.
In the second “battle” of Ayckbourn’s celebrated triology The Norman Conquests, we rejoin the family weekend, this time hearing the events in the living room, where Norman gets drunk on homemade dandelion wine – and all hell breaks loose. Norman unleashes his merry brand of manipulative charm on the hapless guests and even his most formidable opponents go down in defeat on the drawing room rug.