Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Examples of Talks & Lectures

Although I tend to present 'bespoke' talks and lectures depending on the occasion, venue or audience, these are some examples of subjects I have covered over the years.

If you are interested in talks, I can offer existing talks such as those below or create a bespoke talk suited to a specific subject.

If you are interested in hiring me for a talk, please
contact me via the link in the right-hand column.

Examples of Talks

This is a brief guide to some of the talks I have given. In general, I tailor each of my talks to the specific event and audience depending on the particular interest.

Alan Ayckbourn Related Talks

Alan Ayckbourn - Playwright: An overview of Alan Ayckbourn's career as a playwright including his writing method as well as the development of his work and themes.
Alan Ayckbourn - Director: An overview of Alan Ayckbourn's career as a director including his directing method as well as considering the question, is Alan Ayckbourn first and foremost a director or a playwright?
Alan Ayckbourn - Actor: A historical look at Alan Ayckbourn's initial theatre career as an actor from 1956 to 1964 and how his playwriting and directing affected and ultimately ended his acting career.
The Plays: Bespoke talks ranging from 20 to 90 minutes on specific plays by Alan Ayckbourn or themes in his plays.
Ayckbourn On Screen: Looking at the film and television adaptations of Alan Ayckbourn's plays.

Archivist Related Talks

Archiving Alan Ayckbourn: My work as Alan Ayckbourn's archivist and with the Alan Ayckbourn Archive.
What Is An Archivist?: What my role as an Archivist involves, my experiences and how the role differs between my work for Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
The Early & Lost Ayckbourn Plays: Focusing on Alan Ayckbourn's earliest plays and lost writing with exclusive permission to present extracts from these withdrawn & unpublished plays.
Unseen Seen: A talk to accompany my book Unseen Ayckbourn.

Stephen Joseph & The Stephen Joseph Theatre Related Talks

Ayckbourn And The Round: Alan Ayckbourn's relationship with the Stephen Joseph Theatre as well as his commitment to theatre-in-the-round and the influence of Stephen Joseph on his career.
Abridged Ayckbourn: Alan Ayckbourn's history with the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 1957 to the present day.
History of Alan Ayckbourn / The Stephen Joseph Theatre: Various talks looking at Alan Ayckbourn's life and career - or specific periods - of Alan Ayckbourn and / or the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Stephen Joseph: Marking the life and achievements of the founder of the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Alan Ayckbourn's most influential mentor.
The SJT - The Early Years: Exploring the formative years of the SJT in Scarborough.
Stephen Joseph - Founding The Library Theatre: Stephen Joseph and founding the Library Theatre in Scarborough
A Play Guide To Scarborough: A guided tour of Scarborough and the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Requesting a Talk

I am available to give talks subject to my schedule 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.

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