Time And Time Again: ArchiveThe Archive highlights significant documents relating to Time & Time Again 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.
Early hand-written notes for Time & Time Again by Alan Ayckbourn. Within the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York, handwritten notes such as this exist for many plays during the 1970s exploring themes, characters and plots (often very different from what was eventually written). Alan also hand-wrote all his scripts during this period before reading them out loud for transcription. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust Ltd)
For the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round’s 1986 revival of Time & Time Again, the press office launched an ‘audition’ for gnomes to feature as Bernard in the production. The winning gnome was featured in the Scarborough Evening News. This came at a time of often strange (and occasionally dubious!) promotions for the plays. In retrospect, this does look like a dubious story… (Copyright: Yorkshire Regional Newspapers)
A publicity photograph (possibly used for a prop) for the original production of Time & Time Again taken on the roof of Scarborough library. The photo presumably showing the characters at Leonard’s mother’s funeral. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
This is a production shot from the 1986 Stephen Joseph In The Round production featuring Nigel Cooke as Leonard talking to Bernard the gnome, who looks nothing like the gnome pictured left. Whilst the winning gnome may have featured elsewhere on the set, it’s not apparent where (if at all) from any surviving production photographs. (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
A final quirky piece is Alan Ayckbourn’s biography in the programme for the original 1971 production of Time & Time Again at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, in which he’s apparently forgotten his first season at the venue (1957) and which suggests Me Times Me is going into the West End soon - more than four decades on, we’re still waiting.… (Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust)
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