Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Alan Ayckbourn and his plays have long been an inspiration for me. Long before he appointed me his Archivist in 2005, I was passionate about his writing which was one of my formative introductions to the excitement and potential of theatre.
I have been writing professionally about Alan and theatre since I left university, first as a journalist, then as Archivist for both Alan and his home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The bulk of my writing can be found within the 4,500 pages of
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, which I created, curate and write. My first book, Unseen Ayckbourn, was named one of the Stage's 'Best theatre books' in 2013 and I've had the honour to write about Alan's work for publications around the world from London to New York to his adopted home of Scarborough and beyond.
I am also considered an expert on Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough - for which I am also the Honorary Archivist - particularly with regard to its first five decades during which Alan was most active with the company.
My work has brought me into contact with researchers, students, advocates and organisations across the world and I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to work with organisations such as the BBC, the National Theatre and Old Vic in their own forays into Ayckbourn.
Alan Ayckbourn once joked I know more about him than himself - whilst I sincerely doubt that, to be able to dedicate myself to working with him as his Archivist is the greatest job I could either imagine or want.

"Ayckbourn is quintessentially a man of the theatre, and Simon Murgatroyd's
achievement has been to celebrate and annotate that for posterity." (The Stage)

Upcoming Events

The Ayckbourn Blog
Clare Brennan, critic for The Observer newspaper, tweeted that How The Other Half Loves: The Morley Factor article was "astute and informative."
The Archive (Website)
The Archive is a new section on highlighting material relating to Alan Ayckbourn held in various archives in the UK. I'm responsible for curating and maintaining this new online resource.
Out now
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
My book exploring the unseen, unpublished and unwritten plays of Alan Ayckbourn.
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