Monday, July 6, 2015

This Week: 6 July 2015

This Week & Coming Soon
Until 17 October: Improbable Fiction at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (in repertory)
6 - 11 July: Absent Friends at Derby Theatre
9 July - 26 September: Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (in rep)
11 July - 13 September: SJT At 60 exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery
12 July: Alan Ayckbourn in conversation with Paul Allen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

News Round Up:
> A busy week for Ayckbourn fans begins on Thursday with the opening of Alan Ayckbourn's revival of his classic 1974 play Confusions. This will be the first time he has directed the play since its world premiere production in 1974 at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. Confusions can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in repertory until 26 September and further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> On Saturday 11 July, Scarborough Art Gallery unveils its major summer exhibition with a major retrospective celebrating the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary. The exhibition will include items drawn from throughout the venue's history as well as a number of Ayckbourn rarities including an original manuscript of his first play, The Square Cat and original hand-written notes about his plays. The exhibition is running until 13 September and further details can be found here. A number of events have also been organised to tie in with the exhibition, details of which can also be found at this link.
> On Sunday 12 July, Alan Ayckbourn will be in conversation with his biographer Paul Allen in an event organised as part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre's 60th anniversary. The playwright will be talking about his long and close connection with the venue where he began his professional writing and directing careers. It is taking place at 3pm at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, with tickets priced at £6.50. Bookings can be made via www.sjt.uk.com.
> Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for a unique opportunity to hear the very latest - and radically different - work by Alan Ayckbourn on Sunday 27 September. The work is called The Divide and is described as a dramatic narrative for voices and will be showcased in a six hour event based around a professional company reading the work which features 39 characters. Further details about this special one-off, fund-raising event can be found here.
> London Classic Theatre's extensive UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends continues this week to Derby. Further details about the tour which is running until 18 July can be found here.
> Our sister site Scarborough In The Round continues its weekly look at the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. Check the website's blog every Monday.

Alan Ayckbourn & The Stephen Joseph Theatre Anniversaries:
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2015, the blog will be looking back on notable dates from the history of the theatre and its relationship with Alan Ayckbourn. Visit the Scarborough In The Round blog for a more in-depth exploration of significant SJT anniversaries each week.
8 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Meet My Father (Relatively Speaking) at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1965.
8 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Time & Time Again at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1971.
11 July: Alan Ayckbourn makes his acting debut at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in a production of An Inspector Calls in 1957.
12 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Dear Uncle - an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya - at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2011.

Monday, June 29, 2015

This Week: 29 June 2015

This Week & Coming Soon
Until 17 October: Improbable Fiction at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (in repertory)
30 June - 1 July: Absent Friends at the Theatre Royal, Margate
2 - 4 June: Absent Friends at the Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
12 July: Alan Ayckbourn in conversation with Paul Allen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
9 July - 26 September: Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (in rep)

News Round Up:
> A unique opportunity to hear the very latest - and radically different - work by Alan Ayckbourn is being offered by the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Sunday 27 September. The work is called The Divide and is described as a dramatic narrative for voices and will be showcased in a six hour event based around a professional company reading the work which features 39 characters. Further details for this special one-off, fund-raising event can be found here.
> Alan Ayckbourn will be in conversation with his biographer Paul Allen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 12 July as part of the venue's 60th anniversary celebrations. The event will take place at 3pm and cost £6.50 with proceeds going to the theatre's new writing fund. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> London Classic Theatre's extensive UK tour of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends continues this week to Margate and Tunbridge Wells. Further details about the tour which is running until 18 July can be found here.
> Our sister site Scarborough In The Round continues its weekly look at the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. Check the website's blog every Monday.

Alan Ayckbourn & The Stephen Joseph Theatre Anniversaries:
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2015, the blog will be looking back on notable dates from the history of the theatre and its relationship with Alan Ayckbourn. Visit the Scarborough In The Round blog for a more in-depth exploration of significant SJT anniversaries each week.

29 June: Alan Ayckbourn makes his debut as a professional director with a production of Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
2 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Round And Round The Garden (The Norman Conquests) at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1973.
3 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's FlatSpin at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2001.
5 July: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's The Ten Magic Bridges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2003.

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Unique Ayckbourn Opportunity

An epic new work by Alan Ayckbourn has just been announced for a unique event at the Stephen Joseph Theatre as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.
Alan Ayckbourn
Copyright: Andrew Higgins
The Divide is a four-part satire of the sexes, written for more than thirty voices. An exclusive semi-staged reading on 27 September will feature the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's company - performing Confusions and Hero's Welcome at the SJT this summer - as well as special guest appearances.
Proceeds from the unique event will support the commissioning and production of new work at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Not so long ago, let it not be forgotten, as decreed by The Preacher, Men and Women lived apart on separate sides of the Divide in segregated isolation. The celebrated novelist Soween Clay-Flin recalls this period in our recent history with dramatised readings based on documents of the period, including her own personal diary as a young girl who lived through it and survived to tell the tale.

Alan Ayckbourn said: “The Divide is something of an experiment. It’s a deliberate attempt to jump away from anything familiar to me. It’s a dialogue based upon two diaries; one of a boy and one of a girl growing up in a weird world.”
The gala reading takes place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough on Sunday 27 September from 3pm to 9.30pm and will include two intervals and a supper break. This is a special one-off event and will not be repeated.
Tickets, priced from £15 to £60 (£60 includes supper), go on general sale at 10am on Thursday 2 July and will be available from the SJT box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Alan Ayckbourn revives Confusions

Rehearsals are now well underway for Alan Ayckbourn's forthcoming revival of his play Confusions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
This revival marks the first time the playwright has directed the play since the original production at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1974.
Russell Dixon & Emma Manton in rehearsals for Confusions
Copyright: Jordan Lonsdale
It runs at the SJT from 9 July to 26 September and its official opening night coincides with the theatre’s 60th anniversary on 14 July.
The play consist of five loosely related one act plays: Mother Figure, Drinking Companion, Between Mouthfuls, A Talk In The Park and - most famously - Gosforth's Fete.
Elizabeth Boag, Emma Manton, Richard Stacey & Russell Dixon
in rehearsals for Confusions
Copyright: Jordan Lonsdale
Alan Ayckbourn directs and the company features Stephen Billington, Elizabeth Boag, Russell Dixon, Emma Manton and Richard Stacey. Design is by Michael Holt with lighting by Jason Taylor.
Confusions can be seen at the SJT on various dates from Thursday 9 July to Saturday 26 September. Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online via www.sjt.uk.com.
Alan Ayckbourn & Stephen Billington
during rehearsals for Confusions
Copyright: Jordan Lonsdale