Man of The Moment: Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes offers a glimpse at some rarely known facts regarding the writing of Alan Ayckbourn's plays with material drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the University Of York and the playwright's personal archive.
  • Anecdotally, one of several inspirations for the design of the play was apparently Alan's desire to write a play where an actor enters the stage swimming! This has never been actually confirmed by the playwright.
  • At the climax of the play when Vic is drowned, the actors (both Vic and the 'actor' playing Vic in the TV recreation) have to stay submerged in the pool for several minutes. To enable this, the designers (Michael Holt for the original production and Roger Glossop for the London production) built an airlock into the side of the pool that the actor could slip his head into to continue breathing whilst apparently submerged and drowned in the pool.
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