Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present: In Brief

Key facts relating to Alan Ayckbourn's Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present.
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is Alan Ayckbourn's 83rd play.
The world premiere was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on 10 September 2019.
The play replaced the as-yet-unproduced play Men, Meals & Me which was originally intended to be premiered during the summer 2019 season. When Alan wrote Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, it better suited the Stephen Joseph Theatre's summer schedule.
Its inspiration goes back to the 1960s and an idea Alan has frequently mentioned in interviews of writing a farce which would run backwards called Ecraf.
Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present premiered during Alan Ayckbourn's 80th birthday year and the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut in 1959; appropriately the play begins at an 80th birthday party.
It is set over the course of 38 years, one of the longest spans of time covered in an Ayckbourn play after the 60 years of A Brief History Of Women.
The play features one actor playing all four of the significant women in Adrian's life; Alan has previously used this device for Brian's girlfriends in Joking Apart, although there they are all deliberately intended to resemble each other.
Like many of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, it features several key off-stage characters, most notably Adrian's Uncle Hal and his sister, Sonia, who both play significant unseen roles in scenes three and four.

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