Miss Yesterday: 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.
  • Miss Yesterday is centred around the concept that if time-travel was possible then the slightest alteration of the past could have considerable unforeseen sequences in the future. Although a staple of science fiction, this particular idea was first suggested in Ray Bradbury's classic story A Sound Of Thunder (1952), which introduced the idea of the 'butterfly effect', which Alan Ayckbourn deliberately references in the play. As a young man, Alan Ayckbourn was a voracious reader of science fiction and Ray Bradbury was one of his favourite writers.
  • Within Miss Yesterday, the main protagonist Tamara frequently steps out of the action to comment on her actions directly to the audience. This was not a new device for Alan Ayckbourn and was first used by the playwright in his play Invisible Friends (1989).
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