GamePlan: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's GamePlan. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

What connects GamePlan to the other plays in the Damsels In Distress trilogy?
Although Alan Ayckbourn considers GamePlan, FlatSpin and RolePlay to be a trilogy, the link is not between the plays but a thematic and physical one. Each play features its own set of characters and plot unrelated to any of the other plays. However, they share a thematic link - damsels in distress - and, most significantly, a staging link. Each play is intended to be performed by the same company - offering each actor the chance to play three very different characters - and they all share the same set; a nondescript apartment in London's Docklands.

The play refers to WPC Grace Page, is this correct?
Although written during 2001, Alan Ayckbourn had not realised the term WPC (Woman Police Constable) had been officially phased out during 1999. Hence its inclusion in the play. This mistake was then not picked up during proof-reading for the publications of the play by wither Faber or Samuel French. The correct term should be PC Grace Page and the playwright has said this alteration should be made in future productions of the play.

How do I get permissions for amateur productions in North America / Canada?
Quite bizarrely, Concord Theatricals does not license any of the Damsels in Distress trilogy (GamePlan, FlatSpin or RolePlay) for amateur production in North America / Canada. The reason for this is unclear, Concord has the rights for English language speaking productions in the rest of the world and Alan Ayckbourn has never prohibited amateur performance of the plays in these territories - which is obviously frustrating for any amateur company in North America or Canada. However, the plays are available to perform by amateur companies in these territories and can be arranged by contacting Alan Ayckbourn's agents, Casarotto Ramsay, and seeking permission there.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.

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