Absurd Person Singular


Sir Alan Ayckbourn

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Absurd Person Singular Characters

Sidney Hopcroft

Sidney Hopcroft is a thirty-something, middle-class businessman who appears to own a chain of stores, and later a number of apartment buildings. However, the precise nature of his business is never fully explained. Initially portrayed… read analysis of Sidney Hopcroft

Jane Hopcroft

Jane Hopcroft is Sidney Hopcroft’s long-suffering wife. Obsessed with cleaning her house (and, at times, cleaning other people’s houses), she lacks much of a sense of empathy or understanding for other people’s thoughts and… read analysis of Jane Hopcroft

Ronald Brewster-Wright

Ronald Brewster-Wright is a local banker who, as the play begins, is seen by his friends and peers as an impressive, successful man whose favor is always worth currying. Over the course of the play… read analysis of Ronald Brewster-Wright

Marion Brewster-Wright

Marion Brewster-Wright is, along with Jane Hopcroft, the character with the fewest number of lines in the play. However, it’s clear from the beginning that she’s an uncomfortable, frequently insecure woman. As the wife… read analysis of Marion Brewster-Wright

Geoffrey Jackson

At the beginning of the play, Geoffrey Jackson is a confident, attractive, highly charismatic man in his thirties. But by the end of the play, he’s lost his charisma and his optimism. An architect by… read analysis of Geoffrey Jackson
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Eva Jackson

Eva Jackson is the volatile wife of Geoffrey Jackson. She’s shown to be mentally unstable in some never-explained way, and in Act One she claims that she has to take pills every few hours… read analysis of Eva Jackson
Minor Characters
Dick Potter
A local friend of the other characters, known for being funny, sometimes in an obnoxious way, and for being a schoolteacher. Dick Potter never appears onstage.
Lottie Potter
Dick Potter’s wife, a teacher, like her husband. She also never appears onstage.
A woman with whom Geoffrey Jackson is considering running away in Act Two. Like the Potters, she is only mentioned by name and doesn’t appear onstage.
Walter Harrison
Owner of a local shopping center.