Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

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Interview I've been interviewed by Scarborough Spotlight Podcasts to talk about my work as Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, the playwright, his relationship with Scarborough and his mentor, Stephen Joseph. The main episode can be found on Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here with a Bonus episode also available on Apple Podcasts here.

Talks My talks in Scarborough for 2024 have been announced and can be found on the Events page on the website.

The Ayckbourn Collection The displays of items from The Ayckbourn Collection at Scarborough Art Gallery has been extended until 23 June 2024. More details here.

A Round Town The A Round Town website, which I launched in 2023, has had more content added and revisions to make navigating it easier. The website explores the history of theatre in there round in Scarborough from 1955 to 2009. It explores the contribution to Scarborough's cultural heritage and history made by theatre in the round, Alan Ayckbourn and Stephen Joseph. Find out more at

Talk My talk at Filey Library, Alan Ayckbourn: From Actor to Artistic Director which looks at the early career and achievements of the playwright is now available to stream via the Ayckbourn YouTube Channel. Further details here.

The Ayckbourn Collection I'm extremely excited to announce The Ayckbourn Collection at Scarborough Museums and Galleries. I have facilitated and curated a permanent donation of significant items to Scarborough Museums & Galleries relating to Alan Ayckbourn, his mentor Stephen Joseph and theatre in the round to celebrate their contribution to the cultural history and heritage of the playwright's adopted home town. An exhibition of some of the items is currently on display. Find out more here.

Constant Companions My interview with Alan Ayckbourn 'More Human Than Human' was published in the programme for the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Constant Companions.

Event: Talks My talk Ayckbourn's Gardens which I gave on 12 July 2023 at Scarborough's Italian Gardens is now available to stream. You can find it on the Ayckbourn YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Unseen Ayckbourn My book, Unseen Ayckbourn has been reviewed in the Yorkshire Times.

Absurd Person Singular My discovery of the Absurd Person Singular original draft manuscript has been reported in a number of regional newspapers including The Scarborough News.

Absurd Person Singular My discovery of the long-thought lost original manuscript for Absurd Person Singular is recorded in a new section in the Absurd Person Singular section of Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website (click here), which looks at the significance of this and other recent discoveries and how it altered our understanding of how Alan Ayckbourn wrote his seminal play.

Publication: Unseen Ayckbourn is out now, updated and with new entires - including the playwright's prodigious pandemic writing. The book looks at withdrawn, lost and unwritten plays as well as concepts, alternate version and titles as well as other ephemera from the playwright's career. It's priced at £15 and details can be found here.

Website: The Woman in Black The A Round Town website now has a section highlighting a key play which originated at the SJT. It looks at the original production of Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's novella The Woman In Black, which premiered in Scarborough in 1987 before becoming an international theatre phenomenon.

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