Dad's Tale (1960)

Production Details

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Roland Allen (Alan Ayckbourn)
Yes

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library
Round

19 December 1960
19 December 1960
31 December 1960
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Company Details

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Asst. 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.
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.
Dad's Tale was also Alan Ayckbourn's first attempt at writing a play for families; by his admission, it was a failure.
Dad's Tale is credited to Roland Allen, a pseudonym used by Alan Ayckbourn during the writing of his first four plays.
Dad's Tale was presented without an interval.

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All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust