Alan Ayckbourn: Press Releases

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Haunting Julia - A Chilling Audio Play For Christmas

Alan Ayckbourn's 1994 supernatural play Haunting Julia is being streamed this Christmas as a seasonal ghost story.

Following the success of the world premiere of his play
Anno Domino as an audio play during lockdown, the playwright has recorded Haunting Julia, which will be streamed by the Stephen Joseph Theatre throughout December and January.

As well as directing and producing the recording, Alan Ayckbourn is voicing all three male roles of Joe, Ken and Andy.

Haunting Julia was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in 1994 and is about a grieving father, still trying to come to terms with the death of his musical genius daughter 12 years earlier. On the site of the room where she died, Joe meets with Julia's old boyfriend and a purported psychic to try and discover the truth behind Julia's death. But is he prepared to hear the truth and could Julia herself be behind unexplained recent events?

Haunting Julia is produced by Haydonning Ltd and will be streamed via the Stephen Joseph Theatre's website from 1 December 2020 until 31 January 2021. The stream will cost £12 to listen to and bookings are now open via the SJT website

This audio play will be available to bookers from 1 December 2020 until 31 January 2021. Once you have bought a ticket, you can listen as many times as you like during that time period.

Haunting Julia is written, performed and directed by Alan Ayckbourn with sound by Naomi Petersen and final mix by Paul Stear.

Updated on 31 December 2020

Alan Ayckbourn's Latest Play Streaming Again

Alan Ayckbourn's most recent play, Anno Domino, is available to stream once more as part of the UK International Radio Drama Festival.

The play, which is the writer's 84th, premiered online in May and also marked his return to acting 56 years after his last appearance on a professional stage.

The 81-year-old Olivier and Tony Award-winning author has teamed up with his wife, actress Heather Stoney, to record the new show.

The play, which had previously been written but not yet produced by the playwright, was produced as a result of the lockdown of UK theatres in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alan Ayckbourn suggested to the Stephen Joseph Theatre he could record a previously unproduced play as an audio play for the venue to stream.

The play was streamed during May and June and attracted listeners from around the world as well as both national and international media coverage including the New York Times and Washington Post.

The playwright is now delighted it is getting a second airing as part of the UK International Radio Drama Festival offering further opportunities to enjoy this unique play in the Ayckbourn canon.

Anno Domino looks at the break-up of a long-established marriage and the effect that has on family and friends.

Alan Ayckbourn says: “The inspiration for
Anno Domino came from the idea that all relationships ultimately, however resilient they appear to be, are built on sand! And it only takes one couple to break up abruptly to take us all by surprise, then all of a sudden everyone is questioning their own unshakeable relationship.”  

In it, Ayckbourn and Stoney play four characters each, with an age range of 18 to mid-70s. It’s the first time they’ve acted together since Ayckbourn’s last appearance on a professional stage, in William Gibson’s two-hander
Two for the Seesaw at the Rotherham Civic Theatre in 1964.

After that, Ayckbourn pursued a hugely successful writing and directing career, while Stoney continue to act, appearing in many Ayckbourn world premieres. Her last full season as an actress was at the SJT in 1985, during which she appeared in the world premiere of Ayckbourn’s
Woman in Mind.

Anno Domino marks the first time Alan Ayckbourn has directed and performed in one of his own plays: it is written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, performed by Alan Ayckbourn and Heather Stoney, and produced by Alan Ayckbourn with final mix by Paul Stear.

It is streaming for free and can be found in The Old Curiosity Shop section of the website

Posted on 16 September 2020

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