Family Album: In Rehearsals

The world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s 87th play, Family Album, is in rehearsals at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre and opens next month, playing from 2 September to 1 October.

Elizabeth Boag, Georgia Burnell, Tanya-Loretta Dee, Antony Eden and Frances Marshall are directed by the author in this new play which tenderly chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home.

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“Now we’re leaving… all the skeletons are suddenly jumping out of their cupboards.”

A moving-in day, 1952. A birthday party, 1992. A moving-out day, 2022.

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Join housewife Peggy (Georgia Burnell) and RAF veteran John (Antony Eden) as they proudly move into the first home they can really call their own; daughter Sandra (Frances Marshall), frantically negotiating the challenges of a 10-year-old’s birthday party without her AWOL husband; and granddaughter Alison (Elizabeth Boag) and her partner Jess (Tanya-Loretta Dee), finally escaping the house she has somewhat unwillingly inherited.
Alan Ayckbourn says: “My inspiration for Family Album was a programme on BBC4 called A House Through Time, a fascinating piece of social history. I thought, I could do this on a smaller scale – I didn’t want to go back centuries, so I started within my lifetime, in the 1950s.

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“So we have three time periods layered on top of each other happening simultaneously in the same house, following a family from the grandparents in 1952, to the children in 1992 and then the grandchildren today.

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“For me it’s new: I’ve used time so much – I’ve run it backwards and forwards, and I’ve run it sideways, and I’ve occasionally run it forwards and backwards simultaneously and at different speeds, but never in this way.”

(©Tony Bartholomew tony@turnstonemedia.co.uk)

Family Album is written, directed and sound designed by Alan Ayckbourn, and designed by Kevin Jenkins with lighting design by Jason Taylor. The Associate Sound Designer is Paul Stear. Casting is by Sarah Hughes CDG

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Family Album can be seen in the Round at the SJT from Friday 2 September to Saturday 1 October 2022. It will then be performed at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 22 October, and at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 November.

Tickets for the show at the SJT, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

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