Alan Ayckbourn’s little explored career as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC is explored in the latest A Life in Theatre video.
The majority of Alan Ayckbourn’s life and career has been spent in the theatre as playwright, writer and Artistic Director. Very few people associate him with working either in radio or for the BBC.
However, in 1964, his experiences with his first West End transfer led him to consider abandoning his theatrical ambitions and he took a job at the BBC in Leeds as an Assistant Radio Drama Producer.
He worked there for five years for the renowned producer Alfred Bradley, the driving force behind the Northern writing explosion of the period.
Arguably, Alan learnt vital skills whilst at the BBC which would enable him to successfully return to theatre and take on the role of Artistic Director of the Library Theatre on 1972.
A Life in Theatre: BBC Radio Drama Producer is a narrated video by Alan Ayckbourn’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, which looks at these rarely explored five years of the playwright’s life alongside quotes from the playwright as well as exclusive images drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.