The Boy Who Fell Into A Book: 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.
  • Although Alan Ayckbourn has written several genre-hopping plays, his apparent inspiration for The Boy Who Fell Into A Book was a scene from an unspecified revue he had previously written (possibly The 7 Deadly Virtues).
  • One of the most memorable scenes of the plays sees Kevin and Rockfist Slim wander into the pages of the baby-book The Wooblies' Picnic. The Wooblies - who say only "woobly, woobly" - were invented by Alan Ayckbourn as a direct pastiche of television characters such as The Teletubbies (and the original production costumes made this link with the over-sized primary coloured costumes). In the 2014 musical adaptation, the Wooblies became the Wubblies - saying only "wubbly, wubbly" - and the designs were more reminiscent of characters from the children's television series In The Night Garden.
  • Although subsequent productions have been quite complex in their staging, the original production was produced in-the-round at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and used a minimum of props. The majority of the scene-setting was done via lights and sound.
  • The musical adaptation of The Boy Who Fell Into A Book was premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2014. Although it was directed by Alan Ayckbourn, it is not considered an Ayckbourn musical (i.e. a musical by Alan Ayckbourn), but rather a musical adaptation of an Alan Ayckbourn play by Paul James, Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus. As such it is not listed in the canonical list of Alan Ayckbourn's musicals (more details about the musical can be found here).
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