If I Were You: Behind The Scenes

Behind 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.
  • One of the earliest concepts for If I Were You was a play on a larger scale with more characters and locations. The plot featured three more characters and a hotel foyer as part of the composite set (see below). The plot remained virtually identical but by the time of the final draft, the emphasis was placed completely on the family and had eliminated any extraneous elements.
  • If I Were You features a composite set in which the rooms of the Rodale House (bedroom, living room and kitchen) double up as the equivalent showrooms in a furniture warehouse. Alan Ayckbourn has used composite sets in his plays with a similar effect being used in A Small Family Business where the rooms of the house were - with only lighting state alterations - the equivalent rooms of several different houses.
  • Although initially announced with the title of If I Were You to the company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the play title briefly changed to I To I in June 2006, before reverting back to If I Were You when the play was publicly announced in July 2006.
  • When the play toured in 2007, the actor John Branwell fell ill leading to Terence Booth taking over at a day's notice and playing the role for three weeks until John Branwell could return to the role.
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