Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Publication: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog
As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, I've been concentrating on producing more material for the Archiving Ayckbourn blog. There are now an average two-three articles on the blog each week looking at Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This includes new articles by myself, articles and interviews with Alan Ayckbourn as well as some previously published but difficult to find articles.
Website: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog
Article: Ten Times Table
Robin Herford's much anticipated revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Ten Times Table is currently on a UK tour with the programme featuring my article Stray Bullets, looking at the context and creation of the play.
Publication: Unseen Ayckbourn
Unseen Ayckbourn is now only available as the 2017 Illustrated Edition. The limited edition published to mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut is no longer available. Unseen Ayckbourn explores Ayckbourn's plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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 as well as illustrations drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive. Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition is priced at £12 and is available from, Lulu Books, and Barnes & Noble
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
Website: The Woman in Black & other plays highlighted in new feature
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website now has a section highlighting one of the most significant non-ayckbourn plays produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. The new section highlights Stephen Mallatratt's The Woman In Black - the second longest running show in the West End, which began life in Scarborough - including the history of the play, background, various articles and production details.
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.

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