Time And Time Again
by Alan Ayckbourn
The suburban house of the Bakers adjoins a recreation field, which is useful since football and cricket play a large part in the story. Peter, who works for Graham Baker, brings his fiancée Joan to the house and Graham, as usual, makes a bee line for her. However, it is Anna Baker’s brother Leonard to whom Joan strays.
Leonard is a poetic fumbler who moons around holding conversations with the garden gnome. He has always roused the bullying Graham’s malice and scorn, and Graham is horrified when he catches the younger man very much with Joan. Joan and Mrs Baker decide that Leonard must tell Peter at once about the relationship and he tries, half heartedly, to do so, and the result is wholly unexpected as Peter's cricket and football supersede all other considerations in his sports-mad mind.
Ayckbourn’s 1971 play was revived in 1999 for an outdoor production with a different cast.