Joking Apart: Further Reading

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Published Editions

Joking Apart
Samuel French Ltd, 1979, ISBN 0573112045
Joking Apart & Other Plays
Chatto & Windus, 1979, ISBN 0701124024
Joking Apart & Other Plays
Penguin, 1982, ISBN 0140481680


Paul Allen: A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn’s Plays
pp.54-57 (Faber & Faber, 2004, ISBN 0571214924)
Paul Allen: Alan Ayckbourn - Grinning at the Edge*
pp.173-177 (Methuen, 2001, ISBN 0413731200)
Michael Billington: Alan Ayckbourn (2nd Ed)*
pp.122-128 (Palgrave, 1990, ISBN 0333498976)
Albert-Reiner Glaap: Ayckbourn Country (2nd Ed)*
pp.66-67 (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004, ISBN 3884766783)
Michael Holt: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.28-29 (Northcote Press, 1999, ISBN 0746308590)
Albert E. Kalson: Laughter In The Dark*
pp.105-106 (Associated Universities Press, 1991, ISBN 0838634796)
Malcolm Page: File On Ayckbourn*
pp.48-51 (Methuen, 1989, ISBN 0413420108)
Ian Watson: Conversations With Ayckbourn*
pp.97-98 (Faber and Faber, 1988, ISBN 0571151922)
Sidney Howard White: Alan Ayckbourn*
pp.103-111 (Twayne Publishers, 1984, ISBN 080576870X)
* indicates out of print


Treading A Tightrope Between Comedy And Tragedy
Andrew Norfolk, Scarborough Evening News, 1 January 1978
Joking Apart, Scarborough's Great For Ideas
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 28 February 1978
A Playwright On The Prom
Rosemary Say, Sunday Telegraph, 28 January 1979
Meeting Mister A
Judy Miles, Richmond Herald, 22 February 1979
A Play On Time
The Scotsman, 24 February 1979
It All Depends On The Words
John Barber, Daily Telegraph, 1 March 1979
Absurd Persons, Plural And Suburban
Janet Watts, The Observer, 4 March 1979
A Top Playwright In Any Language
Philip Andrews, Sheffield Star, 8 September 1983
Alan Ayckbourn’s first ‘happy couple’ return to Scarborough stage in Joking Apart
Nick Smurthwaite, The Stage, 13 July 2018
Joking Apart, Why Comedy Is A Serious Business For Alan Ayckbourn
Charles Hutchinson, The Press, 2 August 2018

Reviews (world premiere)

Ayckbourn Does It Again Smoothly
Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph, 18 January 1978
Plays In Performance
Eric Shorter, Drama, Spring 1978
Joking Apart
Robin Thornber, The Guardian, 14 January 1978
Joking Apart - A Guaranteed Laugh
Iain Meekley, Scarborough Evening News, 13 January 1978
Joking Apart
David Jeffels, The Stage, 26 January 1978
Joking Apart
Irving Wardle, The Times, 2 February 1978
Ayckbourn Play Looks A Hit
David Jeffels, Yorkshire Evening Press, 17 January 1978
Joking Apart
Yorkshire Post, 13 January 1978
Alan Ayckbourn's First 'Happy Couple' Return To Scarborough Stage
Nick Smurthwaite, The Stage, 13 July 2018

Reviews (London premiere)

Winner Takes All
Ian Stewart, Country Life, 28 March 1979
Daily Express, 10 March 1979
How Comedy Has Won Back Its Good Name
Jack Tinker, Daily Mail, 8 March 1979
Joking Apart
Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph, 8 March 1979
Vibrations Of Hatred In Suburbia
Clare Colvin, Evening News, 8 March 1979
Mellow Ever After
Milton Shulman, Evening Standard, 8 March 1979
Joking Apart
B.A. Young, Financial Times, 8 March 1979
Telling The Truth
Illustrated London News, May 1979
Begging The Question
David Nathan, Jewish Chronicle, 16 March 1979
Fortyish Love
John Elsom, The Listener, 5 March 1979
Scarborough's Baker's Dozen
Colin Chambers, Morning Star, 15 March 1979
The Powers That Be
Benedict Nightingale, New Statesman, 16 March 1979
Not So Funny Peculiar
Robert Cushman, The Observer, 8 March 1979
Joking Apart
Arthur Schmidt, Plays And Players, April 1979
Dark Victory
Sheridan Morley, Punch, 21 March 1979
Kenneth Hurren, Signature, June 1979
The Reprisals Of Age
Peter Jenkins, The Spectator, 17 March 1979
Joking Apart At The Globe
R.B. Marriott, The Stage, 15 March 1979
Sunday Express, 11 March 1979
A Pair So Perfect
Francis King, Sunday Telegraph, 11 March 1979
Joking Apart
Time Out, 16 March 1979
Lucky For Few
Kenneth Hurren, What's On, 16 March 1979

Reviews (Scarborough revival, 2002)

Joking Apart
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 18 July 2002
Bittersweet Comedy Is No Joke
Scarborough Evening News, 17 July 2002
Joking Apart
Dave Windass, The Stage, 1 August 2013
Joking Apart
Ian Watson,, 22 July 2002
Joking Apart
Charles Hutchinson, Yorkshire Evening Press, 18 July 2002
Bangers And Smash
Lynda Murdin, Yorkshire Post, 24 July 2002

Reviews (Scarborough revival, 2018)

Joking Apart
James Ballands, British Theatre Guide, 1 August 2018
Joking Apart
Wendy Pratt, Northern Soul, 7 August 2018
Joking Apart - Ayckbourn's Delicate Balance
Clare Brennan, The Observer, 5 August 2018
Joking Apart
Charles Hutchinson, The Press, 2 August 2018
Joking Apart
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub, 1 August 2018
Joking Apart - There's Much More To This Than Playing It For Laughs
Sue Wilkinson, Scarborough News, 2 August 2018
Joking Apart
Catherine Love, The Stage (online), 1 August 2018
Joking Apart
Nick Ahad, Yorkshire Post, 3 August 2018
Joking Apart - Forty Years On
Andrew Liddle, Yorkshire Times, 2 August 2018

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.