?Gosforth?s Fete? is the fourth play in a collection called ?Confusions?. The collection consists of five plays which are loosely linked and bring out various issues and concerns. All five of the plays share a common concern: relationship breakdown. The plays were set and written in 1977 by Alan Ayckbourn, one of the most creative and productive writers in England at the time, having written on average, one full-length play or comedy since 1965 up until 1986 where he took a two year break to direct and run a company at the National Theatre in London, returning to work in 1988. Alan Ayckbourn?s technique is to usually take an ordinary situation and setting and play with it for entertainment, while drawing his attention to his serious concerns and heightening the awfulness of the concerns through comedy. I chose to write about ?Gosforth?s Fete? because Alan Ayckbourn shows his technique well in this play. Anything that can go wrong in the preparations for the fete does so, the same occurs between the people who try to put on the fete. This method of writing is called parallel structure. The play, which takes place in a marquee, has five characters: Mrs Pearce, the councillor; who is doing a talk at the fete.