The Inside Outside Slide Show: History

The Inside Outside Slide Show was Alan Ayckbourn's first attempt at Saturday morning theatre for youngsters. The light piece was designed to offer entertainment for youngsters at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round and whose plot cleverly involves and integrates projected slides.

There is a cast of just two, but the slides were populated by many of that season's company, who were photographed at a local stately home for the play by the renowned theatre photographer John Haynes, which Alan had story-boarded in advance. Although a popular show, the play has rarely been revived and has never been published.

The plot sees Mrs Grimshaw trying to give a very serious illustrated lecture on how Edwardians used to live. But her assistant Clyde has different ideas, and not only gets everything wrong, but ends up falling into the slide projector in pursuit of his true love.

Sadly, it appears no manuscript for
The Inside Outside Slide Show has survived and only a promotional flyers and a several promotional images are held in archive. There has only ever been one production of the play.

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