Just Between Ourselves: 10 Facts

10 Facts offer an at a glance guide to some of the key information relating to Alan Ayckbourn's plays.
  • Just Between Ourselves is Alan Ayckbourn's 20th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, on 28 January 1976.
  • The London premiere took place at the Queen's Theatre on 20 April 1977.
  • The playwright considers it one of his 'winter' plays, three plays in succession written for the first time during the winter months in Scarborough. Alan attributes the darkness found in Just Between Ourselves, Ten Times Table and Joking Apart to writing at this time of year.
  • Just Between Ourselves was the final Ayckbourn play to be performed at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, as well as being the final play to be performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round (to which the Library Theatre company moved in 1976).
  • The play is one of Alan Ayckbourn's exterior garden-set plays - the garage and garden of Dennis and Vera - which also includes plays such as Relatively Speaking, Round And Round The Garden, Joking Apart, Garden and Snake In The Grass amongst others.
  • Just Between Ourselves requires a full-sized car on set: which should ideally be a Morris Minor to reflect the period the play is set in.
  • The world premiere production marked the first appearance in an Ayckbourn play in Scarborough of the actor Malcolm Hebden, playing Neil. He would stay with the company for 20 years and become its associate director. His final play, in 1996, was a revival of Just between Ourselves in which he again played Neil.
  • The play was adapted for television in 1978 to mark the 10th anniversary of Yorkshire Television. It starred Richard Briers as Dennis.
  • It has also been adapted for the radio twice by the BBC in 1984 and 2008. In 2000, it was also recorded as an audio drama by LA Theatre Works, directed by Waris Hussein, best known as the director of the first ever episode of the television drama Doctor Who in 1963.
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