Simon Murgatroyd

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer


Since 2001, I have been invited to speak on a wide variety of subjects relating to Alan Ayckbourn and his plays as well as his mentor Stephen Joseph and the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough. These range from public talks to official Ayckbourn Events to talks for societies and organisations as we as lectures at universities and colleges. I also provide original content for the Official Ayckbourn YouTube channel in which I present videos exploring Alan Ayckbourn, his careers and his plays.

Although I have several 'repeatable' talks, most of my talks are bespoke - and there's very few areas of Alan Ayckbourn's careers and plays or the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough that I can't talk about!

Obviously, my particular speciality is Alan Ayckbourn and his plays but I'm considered an expert on the history of theatre in the round in Scarborough, where Alan made both his professional writing and directing debuts and would also be Artistic Director for 37 years.

I'm also considered a world expert on Alan Ayckbourn's earliest withdrawn plays and am one of the few people to be familiar with the entire Ayckbourn play canon.

Examples of some of my talks and lectures and events I've participated can be found
here. If you are interested in hiring me for a talk, click on Book A Talk or contact me via the link in the right-hand column.

Requesting a Talk

I'm delighted to have the opportunity to speak about Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and career and can create bespoke talks suitable for any event / organisation.

Fees for talks vary and are dependent on a variety of factors such as travel expenses and time. If you are interested in arranging a talk or have any enquiries regarding this, please
Contact Me.

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