Dad's Tale (1960)

Production Details

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Roland Allen (Alan Ayckbourn)

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library

19 December 1960
19 December 1960
31 December 1960
New play:

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Staging:
Yes

No
N/A
N/A

Round

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Assistant Stage Manager:
Clifford Williams
Gerard Bagley

Terry Lane
Philip Clifford

Character
Martin
Auntie
Dad
Jenny
Various roles
Removal Man / Policeman
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer

Actor
David Jarrett
Rosamund Dickson
Stanley Page
Hazel Burt
Alan Ayckbourn
Philip Clifford
Tonya Burcka
Brenda Elder
Frances Harper
Robert Horobin
Jennifer Wright

Notes

> Dad's Tale was a co-production between Studio Theatre Ltd and the British Dance Drama Theatre. The two companies did not meet until the final dress rehearsal and Alan Ayckbourn was only told of the collaboration - and the need for it to include dance sequences - having already accepted the commission to write a family play.
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Dad's Tale was Alan Ayckbourn's third full-length, commissioned play. Alan Ayckbourn joined the Studio Theatre Ltd company in 1957 as a stage manager, progressing to actor, later playwright, then director and eventually Artistic Director of the company in 1972.
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Dad's Tale was also Alan Ayckbourn's first attempt at writing a play for families; by his admission, it was a failure.
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Dad's Tale is credited to Roland Allen, a pseudonym used by Alan Ayckbourn during the writing of his first four plays.
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Dad's Tale was presented without an interval.

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