Damsels In Distress: Behind The ScenesBehind 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.
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- Damsels In Distress was initially conceived as a duology rather than a trilogy. However, what form this original duology would have taken is not known as when Alan began writing GamePlan and FlatSpin in October 2002, he realised he was unhappy with his initial ideas for the plays and ditched them both! He would then write an entirely different duology with the same title, which later still would become a trilogy.
- Alan decided to write the third play, RolePlay, during rehearsals for FlatSpin as he was enjoying working with the company so much. The company agreed to appear in a third play, which was quickly scheduled for the final two weeks of the summer season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Alan would be similarly inspired by his acting company when in rehearsals for Drowning On Dry Land in 2004, when he announced he was going to write another play for the company, Private Fears In Public Places.
- Damsels In Distress was conceived by Alan Ayckbourn to restore a repertory company to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (one company playing several different plays), and as also a money-saving option for the theatre with three plays sharing a single set and company.