Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week: 15 September 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week & Coming soon:
Until 4 October: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Until 4 October: Bedroom Farce at Salisbury Playhouse.
16 September: Roundelay post-show follow-up with Alan Ayckbourn & the Roundelay company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
19 September: Beyond The Tea Dance: Ayckbourn's Roundelay & 'Chance' Plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
20 September: Absolute Ayckbourn (12 hour readathon) at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield.

News Round Up:
> The UK's only Ayckbourn-dedicated amateur drama company Dick & Lottie is presenting Absolute Ayckbourn on Saturday 20 September at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. There will be rehearsed readings of six Ayckbourn plays including the first public performance of The Sparrow since its world premiere in 1967. It will also feature a special guest appearance by the actress and Alan Ayckbourn's wife, Heather Stoney, reprising the role she played in the world premiere of Bedroom Farce in 1977. Further details can be found here.
> Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd will be one of the people involved in a morning looking at Alan Ayckbourn's new play Roundelay as well as his other 'chance' plays. The Beyond The Tea Dance event is taking place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from 10.30 - 1pm on Friday 19 September and costs £6. Further details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> Alan Ayckbourn and his company will be talking about Roundelay at a follow-up discussion after the performance of Roundelay on 16 September at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. There'll be a chance to hear the thoughts and put questions to the playwright and his company. Bookings can be made via www.sjt.uk.com.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
16 September: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Life Of Riley at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2010.
17 September: Professional premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations at Unicorn Theatre for Children, London, in 1971.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alan Ayckbourn Roundelay Follow-Up

Just a reminder that visitors to Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Roundelay can hear Alan Ayckbourn talk about the play on Tuesday 16 September.
A follow-up discussion with Alan Ayckbourn and the Roundelay company will take place at the Stephen Joseph Theatre following that evening's performance of the playwright's 78th play.
It will offer the chance to hear Alan talk about Roundelay as well as answer questions from the audience about the play whose random structure means it has 120 different permutations.
The follow-up is free to audiences of the preceding show and tickets for Roundelay can be booked via the Stephen Joseph Theatre website at www.sjt.uk.com.
Roundelay can be seen at the SJT until 4 October before it goes on a short in-the-round tour to the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 7 - 25 October and then the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windemere, from 4 - 15 November.

The initial press reaction to Roundelay is starting to appear and here are some of the highlights....

“The five plays may be short but Ayckbourn packs each of them with layers of humour and drama. All human life is here.”
The Stage

“Where Roundelay scores is in its depiction of memories polluting the present. The Judge features an old man trying to recreate his lost youth with a prostitute. Ayckbourn makes a tired set-up truly touching by giving her busted dreams of her own….”
The Times

Roundelay impresses as the work of a formidably adventurous playwright, not content with cosy slipperdom in his 78th play.”
What’s On Stage

“[The plays] were by turns poignant, hilarious, thought-provoking, farcical, thrilling, frightening…. It is simply brilliant.”
The Scarborough News

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Special 10th Anniversary Event

The UK's only Ayckbourn-dedicated amateur drama group is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month with a special event - and a unique opportunity for Ayckbourn fans.
Dick & Lottie, which is based in Huddersfield, will be staging a 12 hour long Ayckbourn readathon at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on Saturday 20 September which is open to all.
For Ayckbourn fans, there will be the unique opportunity to hear an Ayckbourn play which has not been performed since its world premiere at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1967 with The Sparrow.
The play has never been performed or read in its entirety since 1967 and has not even been published. Alan Ayckbourn has given special permission for it to be part of the day of rehearsed readings by Dick & Lottie.
The event will also feature a surprise mystery guest who has appeared in nine world premiere productions of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, reprising one of her many roles.
The event on Saturday 20 September will feature six plays in three sessions starting at 10am with The Boy Who Fell Into A Book and Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays. From 1pm, there will be Bedroom Farce and Wildest Dreams and from 6pm, RolePlay and The Sparrow.
Tickets are available for individual sessions or for the day with tickets at £5 for one session, £9 for two sessions and £12 for the entire day. Further details can be found at www.thelbt.org/Absolute-Ayckbourn.
This promises to be a unique event in the playwright's 75th birthday year celebrating all things Ayckbourn by a company celebrating their own special anniversary.

Monday, September 8, 2014

This Week: 8 September 2014

Welcome to This Week, our regular guide to major Ayckbourn productions in the coming seven days, a look back on the Ayckbourn news of the last seven days and a look at some significant Ayckbourn anniversaries from this week in years past.

This Week & Coming soon:
Until 4 October: Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Alan Ayckbourn.
Until 4 October: Bedroom Farce at Salisbury Playhouse.
16 September: Roundelay post-show follow-up with Alan Ayckbourn & the Roundelay company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

News Round Up:
> The press night for Alan Ayckbourn's new play Roundelay at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, is tomorrow (8 September). Expect reviews for the play from Wednesday. Roundelay is running until 4 October and more details can be found at www.sjt.uk.com.
> You can hear Alan Ayckbourn and his company talking about Roundelay with a follow-up performance of Roundelay on 16 September. Following the show, there'll be a chance to hear the thoughts and put questions to the playwright and his company. Bookings can be made via www.sjt.uk.com.
> The classic Ayckbourn play Bedroom Farce is currently being revived at Salisbury Playhouse until 4 October. For further details click here.
Celebrating Ayckbourn at the Samuel French website continues its exploration of Alan Ayckbourn's plays this week.

Anniversaries:
11 September: The Old Vic's acclaimed and award-winning revival of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests opened in 2008.
13 September: World premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Neighbourhood Watch at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2011.