Drowning On Dry Land: Character Notes

Alan Ayckbourn rarely writes background material relating to his characters, feeling everything needed to play the characters can be found in the actual play. Here though he talks briefly about the challenges of playing Charlie.


Charlie is the total innocent. Hard to play. The big mistake is to make him knowing. He is an unselfconscious natural, unforced charmer - the audience should recognise this in him. It is the key to the play and explains why someone so ordinary and untalented could be such a huge success. The public, as they say, took him to its heart.

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