Just Between Ourselves: Archive

The Archive highlights significant documents relating to Just Between Ourselves which are held in Archive by either Alan Ayckbourn, the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York or The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. All material is copyright protected and should not be reproduced.
Please note, more archived material relating to
Just Between Ourselves can be found on the Behind The Scenes and the Staging pages.

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A very early hand-written note by Alan Ayckbourn with a potential idea for Just Between Ourselves. Held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York, the ‘3 act study of 7 characters over x years’ bears more similarities to Joking Apart than Just Between Ourselves but the note offers an insight into Alan’s creative processes. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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An image from the world premiere production of Just Between Ourselves at the Library Theatre, Scarborough. The play was originally presented in the Library’s Lecture Room and due to the smaller space (than the Concert Room) was produced three-sided rather than in-the-round. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)

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In a letter from 1979, Alan Ayckbourn wrote about both his feelings about Just Between Ourselves and his intentions as a playwright. It is probably one of the most succinct explanations of Alan’s view of playwriting and the relationship between comedy and tragedy which dominates so much of his writing. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)
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Another hand-written note by Alan Ayckbourn from the Ayckbourn Archive. This one is further along into the writing process and is the breakdown of interactions between the characters in Act 1, Scene 1 - as it existed in the playwright’s mind at the time. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)

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One of the rarer programmes for an Alan Ayckbourn world premiere production. Shortly after its debut at the Library Theatre, the Ayckbourn-directed Just Between Ourselves was toured with Stephen Mallatratt’s debut play An Englishman’s Home (Mallatratt would most famously go on to adapt Susan Hill’s novel The Woman In Black for the stage). This programme is considered to be an Ayckbourn rarity. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)


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