Alan Ayckbourn: Actor


Two For The Seesaw (1963)

Play: Two For The Seesaw
Author: William Gibson
Opening Night:
1 July 1963
Venue:
Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Staging:
Round

Director:
Caroline Smith

Character
Jerry Ryan
Gittel Mosca

Actor
Alan Ayckbourn
Heather Stoney
Stacks Image 192
Alan (right) in Two For The Seesaw
Copyright: Studio Theatre Ltd

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.

Review extract from the Evening Sentinel (2 July 1963)
"Mr Ayckbourn's performance as Jerry, a lawyer on the divorce rebound, is as close-fitting as his drainpipes, employing the vast charms of articulate disillusionment (or perhaps self-realisation) which crash headlong into the less complicated but well-worn apartment of Gittel, a Jewish-American girl on the wrong side of 30."

Review extract from The Guardian (26 September 1963)
"Mr Ayckbourn and Miss Stoney do wonderfully well to row us over the sea of words to the point where there is genuinely poignant concern in the audience for Gittel at the heart-wrenchingly sentimental conclusion."

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.