Wildest Dreams: 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.
  • Alan Ayckbourn has been a keen games player throughout his life and has in interviews noted how he enjoyed making up his now board games earlier in his life. Since the 1990s, he has also been interested in computer gaming and both these interests inform Wildest Dreams. He did not however play or research actual role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, instead choosing to leave 'The Game' and its rules vague so as not to alienate audiences with unnecessary specifics. The play is not about 'The Game', it is just an element which draws these people together.
  • In a rehearsal schedule held in archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, the names of Marcie and Larry Banks are instead typed as Marcie Rothwell and Larry Dent, which have then been altered in pen to the surname used in the actual play.
  • It's been a oft-asked question regarding Wildest Dreams in how precisely did an Ayckbourn play end up being performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company? The answer is entirely thanks to his then agent Tom Erhardt. Tom was having lunch with the RSC's Artistic Director Adrian Noble in 1991 about other plays and playwrights. At the end of the meal, Tom subtly mentioned Alan's play, Wildest Dreams, and how its content probably made it an ideal fit for the RSC and he just happened to have a copy of the script with him. Adrian Noble took the script which led to Wildest Dreams being produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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