Relatively Speaking



  • The comedy by Alan Ayckbourn that brought him recognition.It was first performed in 1965 as Meet My Father at the StephenJoseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, and then under its currenttitle in 1967 at the Duke of York's Theatre, London.

    The play, based on a series of farcical misunderstandings,has a lighter tone than most of Ayckbourn's later comedies. The storyinvolves the young lovers Ginny and Greg. When Greg finds evidence tosuggest that Ginny is being unfaithful, he seethes with jealousy but nevertheless decides to propose marriage to her. She says she is leaving to visit her parents in the country and Greg follows, intending to surprise her there. Somehow he arrives first and receives a bewildered reception, because this is actually the home of Ginny's married lover, Philip, with whom she is determined to break. When Ginny arrives she continues the pretence that Philip is her father. Philip goes along with the deception, mystifying his wife but fooling Greg, who eventually leaves happily with Ginny.