In Gizmo, Ben is paralysed by fear after witnessing a fatal shooting. In Don't Eat Little Charlie, Granmaha's bizarre household is threatened with eviction until Antunes o Rei, the king, arrives.
Alan Ayckbourn is the most widely performed of all living playwrights, with a prolific back catalogue of work which has been translated into 40 languages and performed throughout the world. He has received many national and international awards. He was appointed a CBE in 1987, and in 1997 received a knighthood for his services to theatre.