Suburban Strains: Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes offers a glimpse at some rarely known facts regarding the writing of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with material drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York and the playwright's personal archive.
  • When Alan Ayckbourn began writing Suburban Strains, he gave a plot outline to the composer Paul Todd and an idea what sort of music he was looking for. Midway through writing the music for the first song, Alan apparently contacted Paul Todd and told him to forget everything he had previously said as he had had a new idea and was starting from scratch again!
  • Alan also recalls that he wrote the play to the set design! He had spoken to the designer John Hallé about the play and his intentions, but did not have a script at the time. Hallé then came back to him and said he had solved the problem by using two concentric circles - a twin revolve - to which Alan told him that would work and he'd fit the script to meet the set.
Copyright: Simon Murgatroyd