Suburban Strains: ArchiveThe Archive highlights significant documents relating to Suburban Strains which are held in Archive by either Alan Ayckbourn, the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York or The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. All material is copyright protected and should not be reproduced.
A company photograph of the original production of Suburban Strains at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough. Seated at the front are Alan Ayckbourn with composer Paul Todd with the acting company in the second row and the band in the third row (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
The band in rehearsals for the 1981 revival of Suburban Strains. At the keyboards is the now renowned and award-winning jazz pianist Dave Newton. He is talking to the composer Paul Todd on his right. The other musicians from far left to centre are Iain Hawkins, Paul Morgan and Ron Wray. During this period, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round maintained a house band, which was an integral part of the company. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
The only photo known to exist which shows the double revolve installed in the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round for Suburban Strains. Sadly, the photograph quality is very poor, but if you look closely it is possible to see the outer revolve. At the top right is where the band was placed; Alan Ayckbourn was never satisfied with this solution to the problem of where to put a band in-the-round. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
A letter published in the Scarborough Evening News on 19 March 1981 from producer and director Thelma Holt, drawing attention to the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round’s transfer of Suburban Strains to The Round House in London; the other production she mentions is Season’s Greetings which had toured to the venue in October 1980. (Copyright: Yorkshire Regional Newspapers)
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