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Alan Ayckbourn: Grinning at the Edge

Alan Ayckbourn: Grinning at the Edge
Your Price: $29.95 CDN
Author: Paul M. Allen
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 337
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0826415377
ISBN-13: 9780826415370

About the Book:

The the hugely acclaimed, authorized biography of Britain's most popular playwright.

Alan Ayckbourn is Britain's most popular playwright and its most private. He has won numerous awards for his plays and has worked with some of theatre's most celebrated names, yet he spends most of his time away from the limelight in a Yorkshire seaside town not writing at all but running a small repertory theatre.

This is a portrait of a man who — from Relatively Speaking in 1965 to his double play House and Garden at the National Theatre in 2000 — has chronicled human behaviour, our aspirations and insecurities, while shaping the theatrical experience of millions.

What people say:

"Anyone interested in theatre will have their favourite Ayckbourn play, and Allen's account of the theatrical production line could scarcely be bettered.." — The Guardian

"Mr Allen's book makes me want to start reading the entire Ayckbourn canon over again...splendid stuff." — Sunday Independent

"Paul Allen has come up with a wise, well-informed book that not only persuades us of Ayckbourn's genius but also helps to explain this complex, driven man." — Country Life

"Lucid, meticulously researched ... this impressively detailed account benefits from Paul Allen's rich inside knowledge of theatre." — Times Literary Supplement

"Thorough and enjoyable." — Independent

About the Author:

Paul Allen is a broadcaster and writer. He has presented BBC Radio 3's Night Waves since 1998, and as a writer adapted Mark Herman's Brassed Off for the stage. He has also set a string of radio and theatre plays in Sheffield, where he lives, is the biographer of Alan Ayckbourn and teaches at the universities of Sheffield and Warwick.