The Ayckbourn Archive: Just Between Ourselves

These Archival items and images related to Alan Ayckbourn's award-winning play, Just Between Ourselves, are predominantly drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York and The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
In-depth details about the play can be found at the
Just Between Ourselves section here.

Visit the in-depth Just Between Ourselves section at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website.

Just Between Ourselves (1976)

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Title: Early Ideas (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: The earliest notes by Alan Ayckbourn in existence for Just Between Ourselves contain elements which would feature in not only Just Between Ourselves but also Joking Apart. These notes are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York.

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Title: Characters (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: Early character notes by Alan Ayckbourn for Just Between Ourselves; the original ideas are even darker than those written for, arguably, Alan's darkest play. These notes are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

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Title: More Characters (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: Further character notes by Alan Ayckbourn for Just Between Ourselves, which hone closer to the characters as written. These notes are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

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Title: Structure (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: It is not unusual for Alan Ayckbourn to break down the beats of each act in his plays; this is an example from Act II of Just Between Ourselves. These notes are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

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Title: Layout (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: The earliest sketch of the set for Just Between Ourselves can be found on these notes for the play by Alan Ayckbourn. It is all but the final design in a very basic form. These notes are held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives.

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Title: Set Design (1976)
Copyright: Haydonning Ltd
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: A more detailed sketch of the proposed set for Just Between Ourselves by Alan Ayckbourn. Whilst the design is accurate for the three-sided seating it was originally produced for, the set was actual turned 90 degrees clockwise for the final production.

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Title: World Premiere (1976)
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: The first of three images showing how the original design for the Just Between Ourselves programme was re-used and altered. This is the image for the world premiere at the Library Theatre, Scarborough when the programmes were still crudely copied onto card.

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Title: Summer programme (1976)
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: When Just Between Ourselves was revived at the Library Theatre later the same year, the image was improved and took advantage of a new glossy programme stock complete with one colour programme covers.

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Title: West End (1977)
Copyright: To be confirmed
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: When Just Between Ourselves moved into the West End, the same image was re-used although a rather unnecessary grin was put onto the car, perhaps to try and persuade audiences they were going to see a far lighter play than it actually was!

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Title: World Premiere (1976)
Copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust
Archive: The Bob Watson Archive

Description: Colour production photographs from Alan Ayckbourn's world premieres before the 1990s are exceedingly rare - and generally of poor quality. This one for Just Between Ourselves features Michael Hebden (Neil) and Alison Skilbeck (Pam).

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Title: Evening Standard Awards (1977)
Photographer: To be confirmed
Archive: Borthwick Institute for Archives

Description: Alan Ayckbourn won an Evening Standard Award (for Best Play) with Just Between Ourselves. Here he is presented with the award by actress Penelope Keith, who had recently appeared in the West End production of The Norman Conquests.

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Title: Revival (1996)
Copyright: Scarborough News
Archive: Borthwick Institute For Archives

Description: Just as Just Between Ourselves was the final production at the Library Theatre so it was at the company's second home, the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round. Here the cast - including Malcolm Hebden reprising his role of Neil from the world premiere - and director Robin Herford (top right) pose for a photograph for the Scarborough Evening News.

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