Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer
Since 2001, I have been invited to speak on a wide variety of subjects relating to Alan Ayckbourn and his plays as well as his mentor Stephen Joseph and the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. These range from public talks to official Ayckbourn Events to lectures at universities and colleges. I also have my own YouTube channel which features numerous videos of me talking about Alan Ayckbourn and his plays.
It's always a pleasure to be able to talk directly about my work as an Archivist and my passion for Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to speak to people from all over the world.
Although I have several 'repeatable' talks, most of my talks are bespoke to the occasion - and there's very few areas of Alan Ayckbourn's careers and plays that I can't talk about!
Obviously, my particular speciality is Alan Ayckbourn and his plays but I'm considered an expert on the history of the Library Theatre, Scarborough (the forerunner of the Stephen Joseph Theatre) which Alan's mentor Stephen Joseph founded in 1955 and Alan joined in 1957, where he made both his professional writing and directing debuts.
I'm also considered a world expert on Alan Ayckbourn's earliest withdrawn plays and am one of the few people to be familiar with - and read - the entire Ayckbourn play canon.
Examples of some of my talks and lectures can be found here and events I've participated in here.
If you are interested in hiring me for a talk, please contact me via the link in the right-hand column.
Requesting a Talk
I am available to give talks, subject to my schedul,e and welcome the opportunity to speak about Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and his career in theatre. I'm more than happy to create bespoke talks suitable for the event / venue / organisation.
Fees for talks vary and are dependent on a variety of factors and travel expenses are required if the talk is taking place outside of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
If you are interested in discussing the possibility of a talk or have any enquiries regarding this, please contact me via the Contact Me page.