Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition is the latest edition of the book by Alan Ayckbourn's archivist Simon Murgatroyd, looking at the playwright's unpublished, withdrawn and unwritten plays; revised and updated to 2017. Named as one of The Stage newspaper's best theatre books, Unseen Ayckbourn examines Alan Ayckbourn's phenomenal career in theatre by exploring the plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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 five and a half decades of writing.
The fully updated book (up to and including 2017 plays) includes extracts from some of the works as well as extensive quotes by the playwright himself. It has been updated with more than 30 new entries as well as updates to many of the existing entries.
It also contains - for the first time - 20 illustrations drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive including notes by the playwright, poster designs, rare programmes and press cuttings, all relating to some of the plays featured in Unseen Ayckbourn.
It also contains a complete list of Alan Ayckbourn's plays and writing as of 2017.