Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Follow The Lover (1962)

Play: Follow The Lover
Author: Roland Allen (Alan Ayckbourn)
Opening Night:
Circa March 1962
Venue:
Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging:
Round

Director:
Margaret Boden

Character
Mr Poulton Smiith
Mrs Poulton Smith
Young Man
Young Woman

Actor
Ken Boden
Unknown
Alan Ayckbourn
Unknown

Quotes & Notes

1962 marked a period of change for Alan Ayckbourn. For the first half of the year, he was based with the Studio Theatre Company in Scarborough, working predominantly as an actor (although he was now also writing and directing). At the end of the summer season, Studio Theatre Ltd - which had been based at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, since its founding in 1955 - moved to the UK's first permanent theatre-in-the-round venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent; Scarborough was home to the first theatre-in-the-round company. Alan moved with the company to Stoke-on-Trent and was employed as an actor, director and writer; whilst it has been suggested Alan was the Associate Director of the venue alongside the Artistic Director Peter Cheeseman, Alan has said this was never the case as far as he was aware! While the Library Theatre did continue in Scarborough, Alan would not return on a permanent basis until he took over as Artistic Director in 1972, although he would still work closely with the theatre during the interim years.

Follow The Lover was an amateur production by Scarborough Theatre Guild of a one act play written by Alan Ayckbourn - written under the pseudonym of Roland Allen.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.