Sisterly Feelings: Archive Images

A collection of archive material, posters, rehearsal and production images pertaining to Alan Ayckbourn's Sisterly Feelings. The Archive Images page is presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York where the Ayckbourn Archive is held. Click on an image to expand.

Sisterly Feelings (1979)

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The Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York holds a selection of handwritten notes by Alan Ayckbourn for Sisterly Feelings. This page includes alternative titles for the play as well as a thumbnail sketch of the proposed set.

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The branching nature of Sisterly Feelings was always embedded in the play since its conception by the author. However, it was initially a more complex structure - whose form the author would eventually use in Intimate Exchanges. This is an sketch of the abandoned Sisterly Feelings structure.

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This continues the initial more complex structure of Sisterly Feelings but with now recognisable character names in place. This is the last reference to the branching structure later used for Intimate Exchanges in archive before Alan reverted to a less complex random structure for Sisterly Feelings.

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Alan Ayckbourn (top left) during rehearsals for the world premiere of Sisterly Feelings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, during 1979.

Photographer: Alec Russell (© Haydonning Ltd)
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Judy Bridgland and Alison Skilbeck as the sisters, Dorcas & Abigail, in the world premiere of Sisterly Feelings at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in 1979.

Photographer: Alec Russell (© Scarborough Theatre Trust)
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The poster for the National Theatre's 1980 production of Sisterly Feelings was almost a direct copy of the world premiere's poster from the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round.

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The programme for the National Theatre's production of Sisterly Feelings included a diagram illustrating the structure of the play and how its two random choices affected the narrative.

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A scene from the London premiere of Sisterly Feelings at the National Theatre during 1980.

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The Archive Images pages are presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, where the Ayckbourn Archive is held.

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