Simon Murgatroyd - Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Professional Writer

Research Assistance

This page contains details of a selection of other articles I have written as well as contributions such as research for publications and other media.

A significant aspect of my work is assisting with research enquiries into Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. As a result, I've worked with theatres, television companies, museums and academics amongst others assisting with research. This page contains examples of some of my contributions to research and events related to Alan and the SJT.

If you have a research enquiry, please contact me via the link in the right-hand column.

Rearch Assistance & Contributions

2019: Our Sarah Jane: The Life of Elisabeth Sladen
BBC Studios / Moonballoon documentary about the life of actress Elisabeth Sladen (Research assistance)
2019: Standing Room Only
Dick & Lottie theatre company's unique rehearsed reading of Alan Ayckbourn's fourth play (Dramaturge / Research Assistance / Speaker)

SJT At 60 Exhibition (2015)
Scarborough Art Gallery (Research advisor / Assistance)
SJT At 60 Events (2015)
Various events (2015)
Profile (research)
BBC Radio 4 (2014)
Celebrating Ayckbourn
Samuel French website (2014)
Orpheus The Mariner
Animated Objects (2014)
Stephen Joseph: Theatre Pioneer & Provocateur (research)
by Paul Elsam (Bloomsbury Books, 2013)
The Alan Ayckbourn Archive Resource pack
The University Of York (2013)
Imagine (research)
BBC1 (2009)
Coast (research)
BBC1 (2009)
Ayckbourn In Action (research)
BBC Radio 4 (2009)
Official Alan Ayckbourn timeline
John Good Ltd (since 2009)
NODA Newsletter
NODA (2009)
The Norman Conquests education pack
The Old Vic (2008)
Private Fears In Public Places education pack
Queensland Theatre Company (2007)

2019: Standing Room Only - an introduction to the first performance of this play since 1966; What Is An Archivist? - the work of an Archivist focusing on the The Woman In Black archive collection at the SJT; Ayckbourn On Screen - introductions to the first Ayckbourn Film Festival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre; The SJT: The Early Years - exploring the formative years of the SJT in Scarborough.
2018: Stephen Joseph: Founding The Library Theatre - Stephen Joseph and founding the Library Theatre in Scarborough; A Play Guide To Scarborough - a guided tour of Scarborough and the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
2017: Stephen Joseph - marking the 50th anniversary of Stephen Joseph's death, his achievements and his legacy; Unseen Seen - launching the Illustrated Edition of Unseen Ayckbourn; The Stephen Joseph Exhibition - a guided tour of the Stephen Joseph exhibition at the SJT marking the 50th anniversary of his death.
2016: Meet The Archivist - relaunching The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre; Meet The Archivist - my work as an archivist for the Friends of the Stephen Joseph Theatre; A Meeting Of Minds - Alan Ayckbourn's plays Invisible Friends and Woman In Mind at Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre; Abridged Ayckbourn - Alan Ayckbourn's history with the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 1957 to the present day.
2015: The Stephen Joseph Theatre At 60 - Various talks about the anniversary of the founding of the company in 1955.
2013: The Stephen Joseph Theatre - A day of talks moving between the three homes of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough (the Library Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and the Stephen Joseph Theatre) exploring the history of Alan Ayckbourn's career in Scarborough and his connection with the three venues.
2011 - 2012: The Early & Lost Ayckbourn Plays - A series of talks focusing on Alan Ayckbourn's earliest plays and lost writing with exclusive permission to present extracts from the plays (performed by Dick & Lottie) at both the Stephen Joseph Theatre and in Alan Ayckbourn's private rehearsal room.
2006 - present day: Archiving Alan Ayckbourn - my work as Alan Ayckbourn's archivist and the Alan Ayckbourn Archive.
2001 - 2005: Ayckbourn And The Round - Alan Ayckbourn's relationship with the Stephen Joseph Theatre as well as his commitment to theatre-in-the-round and the influence of Stephen Joseph on his career.
2001 - present day: History of Alan Ayckbourn / The Stephen Joseph Theatre - Various talks looking at Alan Ayckbourn's life and career - or specific periods - of Alan Ayckbourn and / or the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
2001 - Present day: The Plays - Talks ranging from 20 to 90 minutes on specific plays by Alan Ayckbourn or themes in his plays.


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