Ayckbourn Chronology: 1969

Notable Events

Writes material for the ITV television series Hark At Barker, although due to his contract with the BBC, he has to write under the pseudonym of Peter Caulfield.

Holds the seasonal position of Director Of Productions at the Library Theatre, Scarborough for the summer season.

First television adaptation of a play by Alan Ayckbourn broadcast by the BBC with a 90 minute version of Relatively Speaking starring Donald Sinden and Celia Johnson.

First professional production of his children's play Ernie's Incredible Illucinations by Unicorn Theatre For Children. The play has previously been produced in an amateur capacity.

Two of his what will become his most produced pieces are published for the first time with the one act Countdown published as part of Mixed Doubles and his short play for children Ernie's Incredible Illucinations.

World premieres

How The Other Half Loves; Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

Plays directed (non-Ayckbourn)

A Little Stiff Built Chap; The Dynamic Death-Defying Leap Of Peter Satupon The Great

Notable Productions

World Premiere: How The Other Half Loves
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough

World Premiere (professional): Ernie's Incredible Illucinations
Director: Caryl Jenner
Description: One act play for children
Venue: Unicorn Theatre, London

London Premiere: Countdown
Director: Alexander Dore
Venue: Comedy Theatre, London
Note: Presented as part of the production
Mixed Doubles


"I like the place [Leeds] and I like the work [Radio Drama Producer for the BBC]. I don't, after all, consider myself exclusively a writer. Working on other people's work for a large part of the day helps me with my own."
(Radio Times, 27 February 1969)

"There is always the temptation when you do write a hit play to let yourself be gathered up in some sycophantic set. Successful you playwrights are, after all, nice things to be able to have at your party. But one of the beauties of living in Leeds is that it helps you keep your feet on the ground. Most people around here, for instance, would be a lot more impressed to know I'd written an episode of a television soap opera than a play which ran in the West End."
(Radio Times, 27 February 1969)

"I suppose there must be room for one clown in the writing business. I mean, I know people are dying, but people are also living. And living, at that, in extraordinary and hilarious situations."
(Radio Times, 27 February 1969)

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