Frequently Asked Questions: The Website

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The Website

Who administers Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website?
The site is administered, compiled, researched and maintained by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist & Media Administrator Simon Murgatroyd, who also founded the site. The website was also designed by Simon and is built on the Rapidweaver engine.

How did it develop?
Aside from a life-long interest in Alan Ayckbourn's work; my MA specialised in Alan's plays, culminating in a 65,000 word dissertation. As a result of the two years spent researching the plays, I realised I had a lot of potentially useful information for people interested in Alan's work. Combined with the fact that comparatively little has been published about Alan, I decided in 2002 to create a web-site that could comprehensively offer information on Alan to help future students of his work and to provide a general insight into the plays and their history. During 2005, I was appointed Alan Ayckbourn's personal Archivist and, since then, the website has continued to expand and now draws information from the Ayckbourn Archive, The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the website's own digital archive.

Where is the information for the website drawn from?
The information is drawn from a number of sources (programmes, critical works, interviews with Alan Ayckbourn etc), predominantly held in the Digital Ayckbourn Archive (held by Simon Murgatroyd and Haydonning Ltd), the Ayckbourn Archive held at the University Of York and The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Where possible it has been consistently cross-checked for accuracy.

How is it administered?
The website is generally updated on a daily basis. The aim is to announce news as it happens, whilst continually improving the site and adding new material to it. The site currently stands at more than 4,000 pages of material relating to Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Where can I find information on specific Alan Ayckbourn plays?
Click on the The Plays link at the top of the page to visit the The Plays section for in-depth information on the plays.

How do I find something specific on the website?
The quickest way is to visit the Index page where there is not only a breakdown of many of the subjects explored on the website but also a site-wide search engine.

What is the web-master's connection to Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
I am Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Media Administrator and I also maintain The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Prior to this position I was the Stephen Joseph Theatre's Archivist and was also the Deputy Box Office Manager at the theatre between 1999 - 2005. Prior to joining the theatre in 1999, I was an arts journalist and critic for six years on the Scarborough Evening News. In that position, I reviewed many of Alan's world premieres and worked closely with the SJT on many features and articles.

Is the website part of the Stephen Joseph Theatre?
This is an independent web-site, which is endorsed by Alan Ayckbourn and administered by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist and Media Administrator, Simon Murgatroyd. Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is independent of, but affiliated to, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The importance of the Stephen Joseph Theatre to Alan Ayckbourn's life and career is explored within the extensive section dedicated to The SJT on this website.

Why are some of the Plays sections 'supported' or 'dedicated to'?
For a period of time - to help the website develop - it was possible to support individual play sections within the Plays section of this website. The support being for the relevant section on the website rather than the actual play. More recently, certain sections of the website have been dedicated to individuals in recognition of their work for the Stephen Joseph Theatre or association with this website. Further details can be found here.

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