Hero's Welcome: 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.
  • Hero's Welcome is the first of Alan Ayckbourn's plays to be set in the town of Hadforth; the town has previously been referenced in his plays Confusions and Way Upstream; the boat is called the Hadforth Bounty. Whilst Alan Ayckbourn's other fictional town, Pendon, has traditionally been situated in the south of England, in the vicinity of Reading (except for A Chorus Of Disapproval where it was transplanted to the north before returning to the south in subsequent plays), the playwright has noted that Hadforth is a northern town.
  • The character of Baba was partially inspired by the playwright's daughter-in-law, who at the time of his first meeting her spoke little English.
  • The play opens with Murray being interviewed by two unseen people. Whilst watching BBC Look North one evening, Alan realised it would be perfect to have two actual television presenters do the pre-recorded off-stage voices. Look North presenters Harry Gration and Amy Garcia agreed to be involved and recorded their lines at Alan Ayckbourn's home on 5 August 2015.
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