Woman In Mind: ArchiveThe Archive highlights significant documents relating to Woman In Mind 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.
An unusual article from The Guardian (3 September 1986) noting how Woman In Mind was dropped for a gala evening for the Queen Mother - an acknowledged admirer of the playwright’s work - due to its dark themes. (Copyright: The Guardian)
A concept for the poster for the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 2008 revival of Woman In Mind. The design reflected the Ayckbourn play posters featured in the preceding Things That Go Bump season. The actual design, which moved away from this theme, can be seen on the Quotes page. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
An extract from correspondence held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York from the BBC to Alan Ayckbourn’s agents (dated 27 July 1993). This was an initial suggestion to adapt Woman In Mind for television by the BBC as part of its Performance series. Later correspondence reveals Alan had reservations about the feasibility of Woman In Mind as a studio-bound production and the limited dialogue between the BBC and Alan held in archive suggests the idea was quickly dropped. Intriguingly, almost 30 years later, the actress Janie Dee also hoped to bring the play to the screen; despite having the playwright’s blessing, this did not transpire either. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)
A sketch by Alan Ayckbourn held in archive for the 2009 West End production of Woman In Mind in the West End. This was a transfer of the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s acclaimed 2008 production starring Janie Dee. The play, originally presented in-the-round, had to be adapted for the end-stage and was staged in the Vaudeville Theatre, the same theatre where Woman In Mind received its West End premiere in 1985. (Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn)