Event Administrator

Since 2001, Simon has been responsible for administering a number of Ayckbourn-related events, many of which have involved Alan Ayckbourn himself.

Ayckbourn And The Round (2001 - 2005)

The Ayckbourn And The Round events were held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and offered the opportunity to spend a week with Alan Ayckbourn and his company. As administrator, Simon was responsible for organising, marketing and administering the events. He worked with Alan Ayckbourn on scheduling and was the first point of contact for all participants during the events and was involved in a number of talks and platforms.
The
Ayckbourn And The Round events included masterclasses with Alan Ayckbourn, open rehearsals with the playwright, talks and workshops with members of his company, special guest platforms including stars of the West End productions, a chance to see Ayckbourn plays at his home theatre as well as social events with Alan Ayckbourn and his company.

Ayckbourn Weekends (2010 - 2011)

The Ayckbourn Weekends were created as fund-raising events for the OutReach department at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and organised in conjunction with Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website. Administered and programmed by Simon, they centred around a morning with Alan Ayckbourn and were themed to some of the rarest material from Alan Ayckbourn's career. The events also included a talk with Simon in his role as Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist alongside exclusive readings of Ayckbourn material not available for production; both offering an insight into a rarely seen side of Alan Ayckbourn's writing. As well as offering the chance to see two Ayckbourn plays, the weekends culminated with a talk and question and answer with Alan Ayckbourn in his own rehearsal room.

Premier Patrons At the SJT (2016) / Inner Circle (2017)

A spiritual successor to the Ayckbourn & The Round events, the Inner Circle events (formerly Premier Patrons) includes a week-long event at the Stephen Joseph Theatre focusing on the theatre's proud legacy of encouraging new writing and new writers. Launched in 2016, Simon is the co-ordinator alongside the event organiser and SJT Development Manager Rebecca Winder. He is also one of the guest speakers. Further details about Premier Patrons can be found here.

Ayckbourn Exhibitions

Simon has curated a number of major exhibitions centred around Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. The first in 2005 for the 50th anniversary of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, featured material drawn from The Bob Watson Archive at the SJT to illustrate the rich history of the venue and its connection with Alan Ayckbourn.
In 2009, he curated an exhibition for the
Ayckbourn At 70 festival at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, which featured images from all of Alan Ayckbourn's full-length plays. He was also responsible for writing the souvenir brochure which accompanied the exhibition and the festival.
In 2015, Simon co-curated a two part photographic exhibition at the SJT celebrating the 60th anniversary of the company.
Simon also worked extensively with Scarborough Museums Trust for the major
SJT At 60 exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery during summer 2015. Representing Sir Alan Ayckbourn as well as the Stephen Joseph Theatre, he was involved in advising on exhibits and facilitating the exhibition.
For 2017, Simon will be co-curating an exhibition at the Stephen Joseph Theatre marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Stephen Joseph in 2017. Concentrating predominantly on Stephen's legacy in Scarborough, it will draw together previously unseen material from both The Bob Watson Archive and other collections for the first time.

Talks

Since 2002, Simon has been giving talks about Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre to a variety of audiences from students to fans of Alan Ayckbourn's plays. Although he has talked about many aspects of the playwright's career and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, his particular speciality is Alan Ayckbourn's early writing and the 'unseen' Ayckbourn works, material which has been withdrawn or was never completed or even written in certain circumstances.
In 2017 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Simon alongside Doctor Paul Elsam, will be giving a talk to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Stephen Joseph prior to Alan Ayckbourn hosting an even t commemorating the occasion.

If you have any enquiries relating to Simon's work as Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist or Ayckbourn related events, please visit the Contact page.