Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


The Ornamental Hermit (1957)

Play: The Ornamental Hermit
Author:
Catherine Prynne
Opening Night:
1 August 1957
Venue:
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging:
Round

Director:
Rodney Wood
Stage Manager: Alan Ayckbourn

Character
Bensted
Michael Bridges
Violet
Emma Totteridge
Sue
Lewis Finbow
Jack Bensted

Actor
Frank Mills
Clive Goodwin
Anne Taylor
Betty Cardno
Shirley Jacobs
Malcolm Rogers
Alan Ayckbourn
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Alan (left) in The Ornamental Hermit
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust

Quotes & Notes

Alan Ayckbourn joined the Studio Theatre Ltd company at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in 1957. he was recruited by the stage manager Rodney Wood as as assistant stage manager with occasional acting roles. For most of the plays in the 1957 season, Alan is credited as stage manager. He appeared in two plays, An Inspector Calls and The Ornamental Hermit.
After the end of the 1957 summer season, Alan was employed at the Oxford Playhouse. In early 1958, Alan was asked whether he would return to the Library Theatre and he rejoined the company for the summer season.

Review extract from The Guardian (2 August 1957)
"In a production in which all the players pitch in with a will, there are particularly good showings from Clive Goodwin, Shirley Jacob, Alan Ayckbourn, and Malcolm Rogers."

Review extract from The Times (16 September 1957)
"Mr Clive Goodwin was, however, natural, and acceptable as the young man and Mr Alan Ayckbourn at the end gave a lively account of a young country-bred poet of an engaging dishevelment."

Review extract from The Stage (19 September 1957)
"Character parts which have the benefit of some assured writing are played accurately and amusingly by Anne Taylor, Alan Ayckbourn, Frank Mills and Malcolm Rogers."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.