The Divide: Behind The ScenesBehind 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.
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- The Divide is the closest that Alan Ayckbourn has come to producing a novel (and he currently classes it as one of his two books alongside The Crafty Art Of Playmaking) - and it can certainly be read as prose. However it was always written with the intention of being performed as a narrative for voices.
- The introduction of The Divide makes mention of the archivist Simeon Mappletrosse; not a million miles away from the name of Alan Ayckbourn's own archivist Simon Murgatroyd (and later confirmed in 2017 as being a definitive nod to his archivist).
- The original plan for the gala performance of The Divide was to split it into four parts, this was later altered to five parts.
- Although Alan Ayckbourn initially referred to it as his 80th work, it is not officially considered to be his 80th full-length play (if only because it is not a play!).