Joking Apart: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Joking Apart. 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.

Could Melody / Mandy / Mo / Debbie be played by different actresses?
Not really. The point of the girls - all Brian's girlfriends with the exception of Richard and Anthea's daughter Debbie - is that although they are all different and increasingly younger, they all resemble each other. Although Brian keeps finding different girlfriends, ostensibly they're the same and he keeps making the same mistakes in his life. They are all inadequate substitutes for Anthea in Brian's mind.

Will the 40th anniversary of Joking Apart be celebrated in 2018?
Alan Ayckbourn will be directing the 40th anniversary revival of Joking Apart at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The play will be in repertory between 26 July and 4 October 2018. Visit for more details.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.