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This article was written by Alan Ayckbourn for an amateur production of Relatively Speaking at Leeds Civic Theatre during 1970; this marked the first time Alan Ayckbourn had ever directed the play.

Relatively Speaking

Oddly enough this, the most well known of all my plays, is the only one till now that I have never directed myself.*

I wrote it originally as a result of a phone call from the late Stephen Joseph, a truly remarkable man of the theatre, without whose unrelenting deadlines this would never have been written and to whom I dedicate the play, sadly, but with great affection.

He asked me then simply for a play which would make people laugh when their seaside summer holidays were spoiled by the rain and they came into the theatre to get dry before trudging back to their landladies

This seems to me as worthwhile a reason for writing a play as any, so I tried to comply.

I hope I have succeeded.

*This isn't correct. Alan Ayckbourn did not direct then premiere productions of his first seven plays and has never directed any productions of his first three plays.

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