Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jane Barth

13/10/22Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn  Directed by Jane Barth


This intricate time travelling comic thriller by the British master of farcical comedy delighted London and New York audiences.


A London sex specialist from the future, Poopay, stumbles into a murder plot that sends her, compliments of a unique set of hotel doors, travelling back in time. She and two women who were murdered in 1998 and 1978 race back and forth in time trying to rewrite history and prevent their own violent ends.


The frantic race begins when Poopay is hired for an evening at the Regal Hotel by an old man who eschews a fling in favour of confessing his role in the demise of his wives.  Now a target, Poopay flees into the vestibule and somehow triggers the time machine.


The timeframe for the play covers four decades. The present, the near future, two decades and four decades into the past.   The actors need to be prepared to play their characters at different ages through the play.  A challenging play - but it should be fun to do!


Character descriptions: 

 Reece, a businessman, aged 30 & 70 

Jessica, Reece’s first wife, aged 25 & 45 

Ruella, Reece’s second wife, aged 45 

Julian, Reece’s business associate, aged 45 & 65 

Poopay (Pheobe) A prostitute, aged 33 (approx)

Harold, a house detective, aged 35 & 55


Reading:  Tuesday 11 October at 7.30 pm

Auditions: Thursday 13 October at 7.30 pm

Performance dates:  Sat 14, Mon 16 to Sat 21 January 2023 at .30 pm

If you need any more information, please contact Jane, the director, at


Communicating Doors won Ayckbourn the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Best West End Play Award and the prestigious Molière Award in France. It was also nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy.