SpotLight on Ayckbourn: Relatively Speaking looks at the background to and creation of Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit and one of his popular and most produced works.
The playwright’s Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, presents this look at how the play came about as a result of Alan’s biggest theatrical failure and the process he took to write one of his greatest successes.
It includes details of how he initially wrote the play for its world premiere at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, and how its director, Stephen Joseph, cut reams of material from the script. The video includes – never before seen in public – examples of pages from Stephen’s prompt script and demonstrates how he brutally cut the play.
From there, the video looks at how the play was altered for the West End – including a complete change of the climax – to reach the play we know today.