Arrivals & Departures: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Arrivals & Departures. 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.

The play is written to have 11 actors plays 30 roles, can I use more actors?
There's no reason why not in this case. The doubling (occasionally tripling of roles) was a device by the playwright to allow a far larger cast of characters. If you have more actors available, then there is no reason why all 30 roles can't be individually cast.

Does Barry die at the climax of the play?
This depends to an extent as to how you, as an audience member, interpret the climax and the play-text does allow some slight ambiguity. However, from the playwright's perspective and from a dramatic perspective, he almost certainly dies from his wounds.

Will Arrivals & Departures be made available for professional / amateur performance?
Arrivals & Departures is now available for both professional and amateur performance. Details can be found on the home page.

Will Arrivals & Departures be published?
It is hoped that Arrivals & Departures will be published during 2017.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.

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