Love After All: 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.
  • For many years, Alan Ayckbourn publicly stated he had attempted to destroy every surviving copy of his early plays as he did not wish them to be read or performed. This was given credence in 2006, when Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd discovered what was believed - at the time - to be the only surviving original material from his second play, Love After All. A single page of the manuscript was found in the Ayckbourn Archive, kept only because the back of the paper had been used as drawing paper by one of his sons with a picture of a car and two adults! It seems very likely, the rest of the manuscript (and other early manuscripts) were used as drawing paper for his sons. The script page - through which can be seen the drawing of the car - is reprinted below. Fortunately, in 2007 Simon Murgatroyd, alongside the British Library, discovered the sole surviving manuscript of Love After All, completely restoring the Ayckbourn play canon.

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Copyright: Simon Murgatroyd. Love After All manuscript is copyright of Alan Ayckbourn and should not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder.