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Grinning At The Edge: A Biography of Alan Ayckbourn (Biography and Autobiography) Kindle Edition
"Using dozens of interviews from all areas of Ayckbourn's life, Allen reveals a complex, brilliant individual who has contributed to the reshaping of British theater .Ayckbourn's personal and professional experiences are interwoven with concurrent develop "Amusing anecdotes."--East Bay Express "Amusing anecdotes." East Bay Express "Paul Allen's biography of Alan Ayckbourn captures both the playwright and his plays....the best overview of a brilliant dramatic career." Magill Book Reviews "Paul Allen has penned an authorized, highly detailed personal and career biography of [Ayckbourn] that will surely be the the last word on the playwright for some time." Publisher's Weekly, April 29, 2002 "Alan is quite simply the most genuine theatrical animal I have ever met." Andrew Lloyd Webber "I am convinced that Alan's plays - along with Harold Pinter's - will be cherished by posterity. Maybe one day there'll be a Royal Ayckbourn Company." Michael Billington "What he has given to the theatre is immeasurable. I take my hat off to him." Harold Pinter "A script arriving from Alan is manna from heaven. All you have to do is learn the text faithfully, follow his punctuation meticulously, and lo and behold you get a reputation as an Ayckbourn actress - and if he's directing, you sometimes win awards too." Julia McKenzie "If, in a hundred years, anyone wants to know what it was like to live in the second half of the 20th century, I am quite sure they will turn to the plays of Alan Ayckbourn before they look at historians or sociologists." Peter Hall
The first full and authorised biography of Britain's most popular playwright This biography of Britain's most popular playwright follows his early years as an actor, producer and struggling writer straight through to his great West End comedy successes in the 1970s and 1980s and on to his more gripping, and 'serious' plays of the 1990s. Following his unsettled childhood, his marriages and working relationship with actors such as Felicity Kendall, Richard Briars, Penelope Keith and Michael Gambon, this biography looks at his private life while asking what has made him such a successful writer, director and producer. He is a rare breed of theatre man: someone who works in the North where he has developed the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough into a luminous regional theatre kingdom but also a well known figure in London theatre and the international stage. Allen's biography looks at Ayckbourn the private man and the public theatre personality he has become for many in Britain.Mr Allen's book makes me want to start reading the entire Ayckbourn canon over again splendid stuff Hugh Leonard, Sunday Independent"Paul Allen has come up with a wise, well-informed book that not only persuades us of Ayckbourn's genius but also helps to explain this complex, driven man" Michael Billington, Country Life"Lucid, meticulously researched this impressively detailed account benefits from Paul Allen's rich inside knowledge of theatre" Terry Eagleton, Times Literary Supplement"Thorough and enjoyable" Christopher Hirst, Independent
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