Improbable Fiction: 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.
  • Alan Ayckbourn has frequently joked that one of the stars of the original production of Improbable Fiction was never actually seen on stage. Master Carpenter Frank Matthews was responsible for building the majority of the props which included a sideboard; this featured a modern telephone which would change to a vintage 'candlestick' phone during the relevant scenes. When Frank retired in 2012, Alan noted his writing in Improbable Fiction had played second-fiddle to Frank's sideboard with audiences! Frank Matthews worked on the world premiere and Scarborough revivals of Alan's plays between 1982 and 2012 and was frequently responsible for ingenious, yet often simple, solutions to the technical challenges Alan set with his plays.
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