Sisterly Feelings: 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.
  • The original idea for the structure for Sisterly Feelings was actually far more complex than actually written and would form the basis for his later play Intimate Exchanges. Sisterly Feelings, as written, has four possible permutations but it is a closed ending; the same scene is performed regardless of the choices made earlier. The original plan was for a branching play with eight possible outcomes. Presumably because he felt it was too ambitious, Alan Ayckbourn scaled the play's structure down, but kept his original idea for later; this would be used and expanded to 16 possible permutations with Intimate Exchanges! The image below is taken from Alan Ayckbourn's early notes for Sisterly Feelings which are held in the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute at the University of York.
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All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. The sketch is copyright of Alan Ayckbourn and held in the Borthwick Institute at the University Of York and should not be reproduced without the permission of the copyright holder.