The work of Alan Ayckbourn, the acclaimed playwright who has written over seventy plays, is soon returning to our stage with the laugh-out-loud futuristic comedy Henceforward... (Wed 22 - Sat 25 Feb). Alan Ayckbourn chatted to Simon Murgatroyd about his play and the difficulty of producing a production that was deemed futuristic in 1987... in 2017!
Henceforward… is this year’s Ayckbourn revival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, tell us a little about the play.
Next week brings the welcomed return of Cambridge University's The Marlowe Society, one of Cambridge's oldest and most prestigious theatrical groups. This week we chatted to director of Edward II Caroline Steinbeis, all about the production and her time with the illustrious company...
Firstly, what is your background in theatre?
Now that curtain-up for our spectacular family pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat is just one day away, all the writers can do now is wait! This week we sat down for a chat with the script writing duo Matt Crosby and Al Morley, and found out what it's really like writing for the joyful, hilarious and bizarre art-form of panto...
Firstly, what kicked off your respective careers in writing panto scripts?
The Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. British and French armies fought against the German Empire, and more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in all of history. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of that fateful battle, and Headlong are on a UK tour with Frank McGuiness’ iconic war play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.