6 episodes

The playwright Alan Ayckbourn and his sixty plus years of plays come under the spotlight with his archivist, Simon Murgatroyd.
The channel sees Simon exploring the plays, looking at the background to and history of some of Alan Ayckbourn's most significant and popular works, offering new insights into the play canon and the playwright's career.
Researched, written and presented by Simon Murgatroyd - an acknowledged expert on the playwright, his career and his writing - in collaboration with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, which holds the Ayckbourn Archive.
All material copyright of Simon Murgatroyd or Haydonning Ltd, unless otherwise noted.

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The playwright Alan Ayckbourn and his sixty plus years of plays come under the spotlight with his archivist, Simon Murgatroyd.
The channel sees Simon exploring the plays, looking at the background to and history of some of Alan Ayckbourn's most significant and popular works, offering new insights into the play canon and the playwright's career.
Researched, written and presented by Simon Murgatroyd - an acknowledged expert on the playwright, his career and his writing - in collaboration with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, which holds the Ayckbourn Archive.
All material copyright of Simon Murgatroyd or Haydonning Ltd, unless otherwise noted.

    Podcast: SpotLight on Just Between Ourselves

    Podcast: SpotLight on Just Between Ourselves

    What is, arguably, Alan Ayckbourn's darkest play, Just Between Ourselves, is under the SpotLight as the playwright's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, continues his look at significant plays with this 1976 classic - alongside contemporary recordings of the playwright speaking about the play.

    • 12 min
    Podcast: SpotLight on Mr Whatnot

    Podcast: SpotLight on Mr Whatnot

    Alan Ayckbourn's sixth play, Mr Whatnot, comes under the spotlight of the playwright's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, in SpotLight on Mr Whatnot. Premiered in 1964 and rarely considered a classic, Simon argues it is a pivotal work in the playwright's development as a writer.

    • 16 min
    Podcast: SpotLight on The Square Cat

    Podcast: SpotLight on The Square Cat

    Alan Ayckbourn's first play, The Square Cat, is the focus of this episode of the SpotLight series in which the playwright's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, heads back to 1959 to explore the early development of Ayckbourn as a playwright.

    • 17 min
    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 3 – The Television Adaptation

    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 3 – The Television Adaptation

    The much watched 1977 television adaptation of Alan Alan Ayckbourn’s popular trilogy is the focus of SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 3 with the playwright’s archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, researching this little explored part of the trilogy's history.

    • 14 min
    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 2 – The West End

    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 2 – The West End

    Alan Ayckbourn's famed trilogy The Norman Conquests and its transfer to the West End in 1974 is the focus of SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 2 with the playwright's archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, drawing on archive material held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

    • 12 min
    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 1 – Writing the Play

    Podcast: SpotLight on The Norman Conquests part 1 – Writing the Play

    Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, explores how the playwright Alan Ayckbourn created his famed The Norman Conquests trilogy, from his inspirations to the challenges in writing it.
    Including archive interview material with the playwright himself, this is a fascinating behind-the-scenes drawn from material held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

    • 14 min

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