Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 6

Alan Ayckbourn
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ISBN 9780571348282 Format Paperback
Published 02/08/2018 Length 512 pages

About Book

With an Introduction by the author.

‘The prolific master of suburban mayhem has still got his mojo.’
Evening Standard

‘Ayckbourn can write fluid comic dialogue as if simply turning on a spigot.’
New York Times

Time of My Life
‘One of Mr. Ayckbourn's most virtuosic experiments in postmodern narrative.’
Wall Street Journal

Neighbourhood Watch
‘Ayckbourn’s tartly topical, pitch-black comedy, a startling evocation of the panic induced by nightmarish notions of “broken Britain”... An arresting, nastily comic cautionary tale.’
The Times

Arrivals and Departures
‘Ayckbourn's genius lies in his ability to write what you might call 'sad comedies,' uproariously funny farces that are at second glance deeply serious, at times despairing portraits of modern middle-class life and its discontents. On occasion, as in Arrivals & Departures, he puts the despair at centre stage, and what results is a play that at bottom can no longer be called a comedy at all.’
Wall Street Journal

Hero’s Welcome
‘Alan Ayckbourn is the poet laureate of missed connections. In play after pensive, droll and acid play, Ayckbourn anatomizes how we fail to understand and trust our lovers and friends.’
Guardian

A Brief History of Women
‘As A Brief History of Women follows Spates at twenty year intervals through the next sixty years, it becomes progressively more funny, more tender, more Ayckbourn… Ayckbourn knows that moments of real connection between people are hard-won and hard to forget.’
The Times

  • About Alan Ayckbourn

    Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939 to a violinist father and a mother who was a writer. He left school at seventeen with two 'A' levels and went straight into the theatre. Two years in regional theatre as an actor and stage manager led in 1959 to the writing of his first play, The Square Cat, for Scarborough's Theatre in the Round at the instigation of his then employer and subsequent mentor, Stephen Joseph. Some 75 plays later, his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards. There have been English and French screen adaptations, the most notable being Alain Resnais' fine film of Private Fears in Public Places.

    Major successes include Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval, The Norman Conquests, A Small Family Business, Henceforward . . ., Comic Potential, Things We Do For Love, and Life of Riley. Surprises was first presented at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and subsequently at the the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in 2012.

    In 2009, he retired as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged, after 37 years in the post. Knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre, he received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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