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The Crafty Art of Playmaking

Sir Alan Ayckbourn is joined live on stage by two of his favourite actors to discuss the art of writing and directing plays.

15 September


The McCarthy



With nearly 90 full-length plays under his belt, Alan Ayckbourn's expertise in writing and directing plays is unsurpassed.

He generously shared some of the tricks of his trade in a ground-breaking book, The Crafty Art of Playmaking, written in his usual entertaining and accessible style and with plenty of anecdotes to illustrate his helpful hints on tricky subjects like getting started, carrying on, working with actors and technicians, knowing when to listen to others, and coping with rehearsals.

Now, for the first time, you can experience The Crafty Art of Playmaking live on stage as Alan is joined by two of his favourite actors to discuss the book and demonstrate some of his top tips.

Casting to be announced soon - watch this space!

The Crafty Art of Ayckbourn

The Crafty Art of Playmaking
is part of a series of fundraising events for the Stephen Joseph Theatre (Registered Charity: 253606). You can purchase tickets to each event individually or get exclusive benefits by purchasing the following packages as part of the fundraiser:

Package A - VIP (£150 per person)

  • Tickets to the full production of Alan Ayckbourn's latest play Constant Companions on Saturday 16 September, tickets to the reading of Truth Will Out on Sunday 17 September and tickets to The Crafty Art of Playmaking with Alan Ayckbourn on Friday 15 September.

  • A post-show gala event in Eat Me Café at the SJT following the reading of Truth Will Out, attended by Alan Ayckbourn and the cast. This includes a buffet dinner and glass of prosecco.

  • A souvenir programme.

Package B - VIP: Behind The Scenes (£550 per person)

Everything from Package A plus:

  • Lunch with Alan Ayckbourn and actors from the Constant Companions company.

  • Exclusive behind the scenes sessions with staff from the SJT.

  • A talk with Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd.

To purchase either Package A or Package B please contact us directly by calling our Box Office on 01723 370541 or emailing. This will ensure we can book your preferred seats for each event in one easy transaction.




15th September




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