THEATRE: Alan Ayckbourn classic Improbable Fiction comes to The Mill

Alan Ayckbourn's classic Improbable Fiction is coming to The Mill

AN Alan Ayckbourn classic about the struggles of overcoming writer’s block will be the next production at The MIll at Sonning from tonight (Thursday).

Improbable Fiction tells the story of Pendon Writers’ Circle and their collective struggle to get their stories to come together. In the best tradition of thrillers, a raging storm ensues and the various fictional characters of the wannabe writers’ imaginations spring startlingly to life right in front of the eyes of the group’s confused chairman, Arnold, played by Andrew Bone.

Inspired by a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – “If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as improbable fiction” – the story unfolds as Arnold is presented with a series of scenes from each of the writers’ unfinished works, from a Poirot-style murder mystery, to a regency period drama a la Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters.

Can Arnold work out what is going on? Can he separate the fact from the fiction? And will the writers ever get their stories finished?

Improbable Fiction, directed by West End director Robin Herford (The Woman in Black, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes), opens on Thursday, March 16 and runs until Saturday, May 6. Shows are performed Tuesday to Saturday evenings, with a matinee on Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoons from March 26. Except Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Sunday, April 30. Tickets start from £46 which includes a two-course dinner.

To book visit or call the Box Office on 0118 969 8000.

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