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14 Jul 2017 The List

Alan Ayckbourn – 'Plays brew in my head for anything up to a year and then I just have to burst out'

An Edinburgh International Festival preview

WHEN a man has written 82 plays, you could forgive him for treading old ground. Alan Ayckbourn is just such a man, but there's something about him (78 years old and semi-retired yet knocking out at least one play a year and directing another) that means he's always moving on. 'I am anxious not to repeat myself,' he says. 'People say "does it get easier to write?", and it does in a sense because you get a facility; but equally as difficult is you say "oh my God, I've done that"!' The urge to reinvent himself is pathological. It's why he wrote a farce in which a single stage represented all floors of a three-storey house (Taking Steps). It explains how he came to write two plays of exactly the same length simultaneously performed by one cast legging it between adjacent theatres (House and Garden). And it's the reason he wrote one play with 16 variations subject to an onstage toss of a coin (Intimate Exchanges).

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23 Jun 2017 The Guardian

Room to roam: how Scotland's vagabond national theatre broke free

A National Theatre of Scotland blog

FOR two or three centuries, national theatres have been based in grand culture palaces, with their colonnades, proscenium arches and chandeliers. For little more than a decade, the National Theatre of Scotland has been a theatre “without walls”. If you want to see an NTS show, you have to find it first. The idea takes a little getting used to, but the absence of a building is fundamental to how the organisation operates. Far from being a limitation, it can be artistically liberating. This company is shape-shifting. It can be what it wants.

31 Oct 2016 The Guardian

Back to the rivers of blood: Enoch Powell returns to a divided Britain

Preview of What Shadows by Chris Hannan. A Royal Lyceum theatre preview.

A NATION divided. Two factions at war over foreigners. One side claims to tell it like it is. The other cries racism. Neither can agree. Brexit Britain? Well, yes, but also Birmingham in April 1968.That was when the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West forced immigration on to the political agenda. His name was Enoch Powell and what he called his Birmingham speech would prove even more incendiary than he’d hoped. Reacting to Labour’s Race Relations Act, Powell argued that allowing mass immigration from the Commonwealth was “literally mad” and prophesied doom in the language of the Roman poet Virgil: “Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”

 

 

 

 

 

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