Communicating Doors (2017)

A frenetically funny cross between 'Back to the Future' and 'Psycho'

with the most memorable balcony scene since 'Romeo & Juliet'

Jun 24th to Jul 1st 2017

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John Ruscoe

A dazzling comedy thriller directed by John Ruscoe, this play cleverly combines elements of farce, psycho-drama and sex-comedies. Always on the lookout for a fresh challenge, John chose this play because he was intrigued by its highly unusual plot which revolves around a murder mystery and the possibility of time travel. The notion of being able to travel through time to create an alternative future by changing the past has been the starting point for many exciting science fiction dramas. In this ingenious play, the prolific and ever-inventive playwright Alan Ayckbourn concocts his own unique recipe by combining comedic flair and a talent for crime thriller with just a pinch of psycho-drama thrown in for good measure. If all this sounds a heady mix, it is. But have no fear: this suspense-filled and entertaining piece is guaranteed to hold your attention and keep you guessing right until the final moments.

Press comment:  

"Dazzlingly ingenious . . . . it's 'Back to the Future' with sex and violence" The Guardian. 

"A time - travelling thriller"  . . . " a nerve-jangling cocktail that combines elements of 'Rear Window', 'No Sex Please We're British' and 'Doctor Who' " The Daily Telegraph 

"Comic gold" The Stage 


The play has just six characters (3 men & 3 women) and, refreshingly, it is the women in this piece who dominate and control most of the action. However, there is plenty of opportunity for both physical and verbal comedy for all members of the cast, and the script demands a fast pace to keep the plot bubbling away. The additional challenge for four members of the cast is that they have to age between 20 and 40 years during the course of the action. Two of the male actors are required to play between the ages of 30 and 70, and two female actors have to age from 25 to 45 years of age.

The play opens in the year 2021 when an undetected crime which happened 40 years earlier is revealed. From there we follow the action back and forth over a total span of 40 years as the character who has learnt of the crime attempts to change the course of history.

Intrigued ? Want to find out more ?  Good.

You are invited to attend our Open Reading on Thursday 9th February starting at 7.30p.m. in the Criterion bar.

Auditions will be held on the following Thursday 16th February at 7.30p.m.  at the theatre.

If you would like to learn more about the production but are unable to make either of these dates, please contact the director John Ruscoe at