Simon Murgatroyd Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Publication: The Girl Next Door
My article, Living In Lockdowns, has been published in the programme for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 85th play, The Girl Next Door, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The article draws on interviews with the playwright on his memories of his childhood during World War II and how it influenced the play.
Research: In Conversation with Alan Ayckbourn
I provided research assistance for the filmed documentary In Conversation with Alan Ayckbourn, which debuted at the Big Ideas by the Sea festival in Scarborough during July 2021. The interview, conducted by Dr Paul Elsam, is now available to view for free on Official Alan Ayckbourn Website here.
Social Media: The Ayckbourn YouTube Channel
I've launched the official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel which features original content about Alan Ayckbourn, his career and plays as well as news updates and curated playlists of existing Ayckbourn-related videos. The channel is frequently updated with new material endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn and created by myself.
Website: The Official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel
Publication: Archiving Ayckbourn Blog
As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, I've been concentrating on producing more material for the Alan Ayckbourn - The Archivist's Blog. There are new 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: Alan Ayckbourn - The Archivist's Blog
Publication: Unseen Ayckbourn
Unseen Ayckbourn is now only available as the Illustrated Edition. The limited Anniversary Edition published during 2019 to mark Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut has sold out. Unseen Ayckbourn explores Ayckbourn's plays which have rarely been seen, withdrawn, lost or - occasionally - altered.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 amazon.co.uk, Lulu Books, amazon.com and Barnes & Noble
Website: Unseen Ayckbourn
Website: The Woman in Black highlighted in new section
Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website now has a new section highlighting one of the key plays which originated at Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. The new section looks at the original production of and background to the world-famous adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt of Susan Hill's novella The Woman In Black, which premiered in Scarborough in 1987 before going on to become the second longest-running show in the West End.
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 Albert-Reiner Glaap 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.
Website: amazon.de
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New & Upcoming Events

Articles
My article, Living in Lockdowns, has been published in the programme for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's The Girl Next Door at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Social Media
I've launched the official Ayckbourn YouTube Channel which features original about Alan Ayckbourn, his career and plays as well as news updates and curated playlists of existing Ayckbourn videos.
Research
I provided research assistance for an exclusive screened interview with Alan Ayckbourn which debuted at Scarborough's Big Ideas by the Sea festival during July 2021 and which is now available online here.
This Website
I've relaunched my website with new details and improvements to the website. Please explore the site further to find out more.
Out now
Unseen Ayckbourn: Illustrated Edition
My book exploring the unseen, unpublished and unwritten plays of Alan Ayckbourn.

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