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Publication: Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition
Updated: Just 2 copies left. Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition has been published to mark the Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut. Limited to just 50 copies, each edition is numbered and signed by the author (with a record held on Alan Ayckbourn's website of each edition and owner). Updated for 2019, it includes new and expanded entries on plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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's writing career. It also includes never previously published extracts from Ayckbourn's work and a new essay exploring the significance of the playwright and his plays. Unseen Ayckbourn: Anniversary Edition is priced at £15 (plus P&P) and available exclusively from this and Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website.
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
Article: Ten Times Table
Robin Herford's much anticipated revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Ten Times Table goes out on a UK tour during the autumn with the programme featuring my article Stray Bullets, looking at the context and creation of the play.
Article: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present
I'm delighted to have been asked to contribute an article for the programme for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The article, About Time, looks at how Ayckbourn uses time within his writing and accompanies the playwright's own article, Welcome to Ecraf. The programme will be available throughout the run of the play.
Website: The Woman in Black & other plays highlighted in new feature
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website inow has a new feature highlighting some of the key plays produced at the Stephen Joseph Theatre since 1955. Last year, a major new section of the website was produced looking at the history of the SJT and this new section highlights some of the key non-Ayckbourn works produced by Alan's home theatre. The Woman in Black - which originated in Scarborough - is the first play to come under the spotlight.
Website: The Woman in Black at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website
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: Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition 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's writing 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.

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