Alan Ayckbourn: The 'Grey Plays'

The 'Grey Plays' represent a section of Alan Ayckbourn's writing which has been produced, but subsequently the plays have been withdrawn, never published and are not available for production. The term was suggested by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist, Simon Murgatroyd, in 2005 to account for plays which were known but generally unacknowledged.

The plays were all written subsequent to the start of his professional play-writing career in 1959 and have all been produced in some form (be it professional, amateur or rehearsed reading). They are all short pieces and also all held in the either the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York or at the British Library.

A brief guide to the plays is offer below and further details can be found by clicking on the relevant play title. Further details about these plays can also be found in the website's book
Unseen Ayckbourn.

The Grey Plays

Backnumbers (1983): A revue in two parts by Alan Ayckbourn and the composer Paul Todd, collecting songs from their previous collaborations.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Between The Lines (1992): A musical revue with book and music by the composer Paul Todd compiled from his previous collaborations with Alan Ayckbourn (who is credited as lyricist).
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Double Hitch (1960): A one act play about two honey-mooning couples double-booked into the same decrepit cottage.
Held in: The British Library & the Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Dracula (1975): A comedy sketch about the infamous vampire's arrival at a farm where not all is as it seems. It was presented as part of the revue What The Devil!.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

An Evening With PALOS (1987): A sketch featuring members of Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society written for a memorial evening to commemorate the career of the actor Colin Blakely.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Follow The Lover (1962): A one act play about an elderly couple who hire two young detectives to investigate each other's apparent infidelities.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

The Jubilee Show (1977): A revue written to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Love Undertaken (1961): A one act play about a clandestine love affair conducted in an undertaker's parlour.
Held in: The British Library

Ron & Julie (1991): A sketch written for the National Theatre to highlight the lighting, sound and special effects departments.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

Untitled Farce (2005): A one act play written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2005.
Held in: The Ayckbourn Archive at the University of York

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.