Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer
One of the primary aspects of the role of Archivist is to handle research enquiries regarding Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and career. The majority of these are individual enquiries by individuals researching, studying or just interested in Alan Ayckbourn and his plays.
I've also been involved with a number of larger research projects and this page contains examples of some of the projects I have had the privilege of being involved with or offering research assistance to over the years.
A significant aspect of my work is assisting with research enquiries into Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. As a result, I've worked with theatres, television companies, museums and academics amongst others assisting with research. This page contains examples of some of my contributions to media research, productions and events related to Alan and the SJT.
If you have a research enquiry, please contact me via the link in the right-hand column.
Rearch Assistance & Contributions
○ Stephen Joseph Theatre Consultant (2016 - present) In addition to my role as Stephen Joseph Theatre Archivist, I'm retained as a consultant and research resource for enquiries relating to Alan Ayckbourn and his work as well as historical queries with regard to the company. ○ Our Sarah Jane: The Life of Elisabeth Sladen (2019) BBC Studios / Moonballoon documentary about the life of actress Elisabeth Sladen (Research assistance) ○ Standing Room Only (2019) Dick & Lottie theatre company's unique rehearsed reading of Alan Ayckbourn's fourth play (Dramaturge / Research assistance / Speaker) ○ Remembering Stephen Joseph (2017) Stephen Joseph Theatre event (Research advisor / Exhibition curator / Speaker) ○ SJT At 60 Exhibition (2015) Scarborough Art Gallery exhibition (Research advisor / Curatorial assistance) ○ SJT At 60 Events (2015) Various events (Research assistance / Contributor / Speaker / Exhibition curator) ○ Profile (2014) BBC Radio 4 profile on Alan Ayckbourn (Research assistance) ○ Celebrating Ayckbourn (2014) Samuel French website (Research assistance / Contributor) ○ Orpheus The Mariner (2014) Animated Objects event (Website administrator / Contributor) ○ Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer & Provocateur (2013) Book by Paul Elsam (Research assistance) ○ The Alan Ayckbourn Archive Resource pack (2013) The University Of York publication (Research assistance) ○ Imagine (2009) BBC1 documentary on Alan Ayckbourn's life (Research assistance) ○ Coast (2009) BBC1 documentary on Scarborough including Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre (Research assistance) ○ Ayckbourn In Action (2009) BBC Radio 4 documentary on Alan Ayckbourn as director (Research assistance) ○ Official Alan Ayckbourn timeline (2009) John Good Ltd article (Researcher / Writer) ○ NODA Newsletter (2009) NODA publication (Contributor) ○ The Norman Conquests education pack (2008) The Old Vic publication (Research assistance / Contributor) ○ Private Fears In Public Places education pack (2007) Queensland Theatre Company (Research assistance / Contributor)