Family Circles: Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes offers a glimpse at some rarely known facts regarding the writing of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with material drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York and the playwright's personal archive.
  • In Paul Allen's biography of Alan Ayckbourn, Grinning At The Edge, the playwright revealed that the characters of the parents Edward and Emma were inspired by the parents of Alan's then wife Christine Roland.
  • One of Alan Ayckbourn's favourite tales regarding Family Circles is how he tended to write during the night at the time. One night he finished writing and went to bed leaving the manuscript pages on the cooker. His wife Christine would later get up and, not fully awake, switch on the cooker, igniting and completely destroying the pages!
  • According to documentation held in the Ayckbourn Archive, Alan Ayckbourn finished the final draft of The Story So Far… on 3 August 1970 - just days before rehearsals were reported to begin on 7 August. Given the play opened on 20 August, this indicates just a two-week rehearsal period for plays at the Library Theatre at that time.
Copyright: Simon Murgatroyd