Woman In Mind: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Woman In Mind. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Some commentators have suggested that Woman In Mind is autobiographical and the role of Susan is inspired by Alan Ayckbourn's mother. Is this true?
Alan Ayckbourn has always denied this to be the case and has gone on the record as saying Woman In Mind is no more or less autobiographical than any other play he has written. When questioned directly in 2016 as to whether his mother had inspired any of the characters in his plays, he responded that she'd probably most inspired the unseen mother in The Norman Conquests; no mention of Woman In Mind was made at all.

Can i Update Woman in Mind to a contemporary setting?
If you don't alter the dialogue, then yes. Otherwise, no. Alan Ayckbourn firmly believes the majority of his plays are period pieces and are best performed to reflect the time they were written. In the case of Woman in Mind however, the playwright admits it is a play which can be presented in the modern day as he proved with his 2008 revival. It should be noted though that for the revival he made no alterations to the script at all.

Can I obtain the BBC Radio adaptations of Woman In Mind?
Unfortunately, no. The BBC adapted Woman In Mind for the radio in both 2000 and 2014, but neither has been released commercially and Alan Ayckbourn is unaware of any plans for either production to be released in the foreseeable future.

What does the convoluted language Susan hears Bill Windsor speak at the start of the play and Susan start to speak at the climax of the play mean?
You can find Alan Ayckbourn's translation of these lines from Woman In Mind on the Dialogue page.

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