Alan Ayckbourn: Actor

The Rainbow Machine (1963)

Production Details


Opening Night:

The Rainbow Machine
Alan Plater

10 June 1963
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn

Quotes & Notes

In 1962, the Studio Theatre Ltd company moved from its home at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, to a new permanent venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. Alan Ayckbourn joined the move and was an associate director at the new venue, responsible for writing, directing and acting. Very little is held in Alan Ayckbourn's personal archive about the plays he was involved in during 1963 and there are no programmes, press cuttings or reviews of the shows held in archive.
1963 was the last year Alan did any substantial amount of acting prior to his retiring from acting to concentrate on writing and directing from 1964 onwards.

The Rainbow Machine was presented as a double bill with August Strindberg's Miss Julie.

Review extract from The Guardian (11 June 1963)
"Alan Ayckbourn in the sole part is too jerky. He should make up his mind to be English when not speaking over the air and American when putting on a pop record."
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.