About the Play
Wildest Dreams is a play written by Alan Ayckbourn and was first performed on 1st May 1991 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. The original production ran until 21st September 1991 and was staged in the round with the audience watching from every different angle.
It has been performed many times since by professional and amateur theatre companies alike and remains a unique dark comedy which presents issues that are just as relevant today as when the play was written.
My reason for choosing this monologue is that I played Rick in a production of the play a few years ago. I remember this monologue being delivered to me as my character sat listening in silence ! It is a moment of revelation for the audience and stood out to me as a very poignant moment in the play
I have always admired Alan Ayckbourn as a playwright. To date he has written 82 plays with the 82nd due to have it's premiere in 2018. His characters always have depth and his plays manage to be both entertaining and thought–provoking
The play focuses on four individuals who escape their everyday lives by playing a Dungeons and Dragons style game. They begin to live through their characters in the game and enjoy the experience of being someone else while they play.
The monologue belongs to the character Marcie. She is Rick's co–worker and Rick has offered her a place to stay to escape her violent husband. Rick introduces her to Stanley, Hazel, and Warren, who are her only other friends. Stanley suggests that Marcie becomes a character in the game too.
From this point, the play shows the effect Marcie's presence has on each person, whether this be good or bad. It wouldn't be right to ruin the ending for you, so I will leave you with a link to Alan Ayckbourn's official website in case you want to explore further !
The offical site is a comprehensive guide to all of his plays, where to purchase them and where to see them if you are lucky enough to catch one during its run!
“What makes this such a disturbing and arresting comedy is that Ayckbourn suggests there are no rules for human behaviour: some people need fantasy, others can survive reality.”
˜ Michael Billington (The Guardian)