Frequently Asked Questions: The Website

This page Frequently Asked Questions regarding the website and its administration. If you have any other questions, please contact the website via the Contact Us Page.

The Website

Who administers Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website?
The site is administered, compiled, researched and maintained by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Media Administrator Simon Murgatroyd, who also founded the site. The website was also designed by Simon (SiMo website designs) and is built on the Rapidweaver engine.

How did it develop?
Aside from a life-long interest in Alan Ayckbourn's work; my MA specialised in Alan's plays, culminating in a 65,000 word dissertation. As a result of the two years spent researching the plays, I realised I had a lot of potentially useful information for people interested in Alan's work. Combined with the fact that comparatively little has been published about Alan, I decided in 2002 to create a web-site that could comprehensively offer information on Alan to help future students of his work and to provide a general insight into the plays and their history. Since then, the website has continued to expand and now draws information from the Ayckbourn Archive, The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and the website's own archive.

Where is the information for the web-site drawn from?
The information is drawn from a number of sources (programmes, critical works, interviews with Alan Ayckbourn etc), predominantly held in the Digital Ayckbourn Archive (held by Simon Murgatroyd), the Ayckbourn Archive held at the University Of York and The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Where possible it has been cross-checked for accuracy.

How is it administered?
The web-site is generally updated on a daily basis. The aim is to announce news as it happens, whilst continually improving the site and adding new material to it. The site currently stands at more than 5,000 pages of material relating to Alan Ayckbourn.

Where can I find information on specific Alan Ayckbourn plays?
Click on the Plays link at the top of the page to visit the Plays section for in-depth information on the plays.

How do I find something specific on the website?
The quickest way is to visit the Index page where there is not only a breakdown of many of the subjects explored on the website but also a site-wide search engine.

What is the web-master's connection to Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
I am Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Media Administrator and I also maintain The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Prior to this position I was the Stephen Joseph Theatre's Archivist and was also the Deputy Box Office Manager at the theatre between 1999 - 2005. Prior to joining the theatre in 1999, I was an arts journalist and critic for six years on the Scarborough Evening News. In that post, I reviewed many of Alan's world premieres and worked closely with the SJT on many features and articles.

Is the website part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
This is an independent web-site, which is endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn and administered by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Media Administrator, Simon Murgatroyd. Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is independent of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, but is endorsed by the SJT.

What is the website's relationship to www.theatre-in-the-round.co.uk?
This is the website's sister site, again created and researched by Simon Murgatroyd, offering an in-depth look at the theatre with which Alan Ayckbourn is most associated - the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. It offers a comprehensive and detailed look at the history of the company, its many productions and the people who have worked for it. It encompasses a wider variety of material than would be suitable for this website, which is specifically dedicated to Alan Ayckbourn.

Why are some of the Plays sections sponsored?
For a period of time - to help the website develop - it was possible to sponsor individual plays within the Plays section of this website. The sponsorship being for the relevant section on the website rather than the actual play. The website no longer accepts sponsorship within the Plays section but the sponsorship banners will remain for the lifespan of this website to mark the support given.
If you have any questions about sponsorship or how to donate to the website to further its work, please contact the administrator via the link below.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the website via admin@alanayckbourn.net. Website design by SiMo.