Awaking Beauty: Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes offers a glimpse at some rarely known facts regarding the writing of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with material drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York and the playwright's personal archive.
  • Awaking Beauty was the first Alan Ayckbourn play to carry an audience disclaimer. Intended as a musical for adults, the play's original production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, carried a 'not suitable for young children' warning.
  • Alan Ayckbourn had previously worked with Denis King on the full length musicals Whenever and Orvin - Champion Of Champions. They first worked together on the revue Cheap And Cheerful. Denis has also provided incidental music for Alan Ayckbourn's plays and featured as Mr Ames in Alan's 2004 revival of A Chorus Of Disapproval at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
  • Although Alan Ayckbourn himself has never stated this, the actor Ben Fox - who played The Pigcutter in the original production - noted in an interview that Alan had told him the inspiration for writing a musical without instruments was a television advert! Alan was apparently inspired by an award-winning advert campaign This Is What A Honda Feels Like in which all the sounds of a car and its road journey were supplied by a choir of human voices.
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