Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Event: Standing Room Only rehearsed reading
Thursday 4 July @ 80, The Square Chapel, Halifax
As patron of Dick & Lottie theatre company, I'm delighted to be participating in this exclusive event to celebrate Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and 60th playwriting anniversary. The playwright has given permission for one night only for his fourth play, Standing Room Only, to be taken out of Archive and given its first public performance since 1966; this will not be repeated and the play will go back into Archive on 5 July. I will be introducing the evening and the play before a professional company gives a complete reading of the play. Tickets are priced at £12.
Website: The Square Chapel
Publication: Towards Ayckbournia in Germany
Available now
To mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday, the German Ayckbourn expert and publishers Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier have published the 'festschrift' Towards Ayckbournia in Germany, celebrating his work in Scarborough and his popularity in Germany. Having worked with Albert previously, I was honoured to be asked to contribute a piece to the publication entitled A Brief History Of Alan, giving a personal perspective of his work in Scarborough and how it has altered over the years.
Website: amazon.de
Publication: Dear Uncle at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
1 August - 2 November (in rep), Theatre by The Lake, Keswick
The Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, is staging the first professional production of Alan Ayckbourn's Dear Uncle since its world premiere in 2012. Dear Uncle is Ayckbourn's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya but transposed to the Lake Distruct during the 1930s. The programme will feature an interview between myself and Ayckbourn about adapting Chekhov and his love for the playwright's works.
Website: Theatre by the Lake
Event: Inner Circle Event 2019 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre
28 September - 2 October, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
I'm once again involved with the Inner Circle event at the Stephen Joseph Theatre which offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse at Alan Ayckbourn's adopted home theatre. Participants get the chance to see productions, meet the people behind them, have unique experiences with VIP tickets to Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday event, 80 Years Young. I'll be giving a talk on my work as an Archivist as well as helping behind-the-scenes!
Website: Stephen Joseph Theatre
Publication: Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
The most recent edition of my book Unseen Ayckbourn is now available and, for the first time, includes illustrations drawn from material held in the Ayckbourn Archive. The book looks at plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered. It draws from unused or abandoned concepts and ideas as well as looking at variations of existing plays, alternative titles as well as other ephemera from the playwright'swriting career. It also includes never previously published extracts from Ayckbourn's work. Unseen Ayckbourn is priced at £12 and available from amazon.co.uk, Lulu Books, amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn

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