Time Of My Life: 10 Facts

10 Facts offer an at a glance guide to some of the key information relating to Alan Ayckbourn's plays.
  • Time Of My Life is Alan Ayckbourn's 44th play.
  • The world premiere was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, on 21 April, 1992.
  • The London premiere was held at the Vaudeville Theatre on 3 August 1993.
  • The original London production in 1993 marked the first time (excluding the West End production of Intimate Exchanges - although that only had two actors) that a West End production featured the majority of the cast from the world premiere production in Scarborough. Only the two lead roles were recast and that purely to have recognised 'named actors' on the billboards.
  • The play was inspired by Alan's experiences observing people at other tables in restaurants and also by J.W. Priestley's 'time' plays.
  • The play has three strands to it: the first moves forward in two hours of real time from the play's opening scene; the second moves backwards two months; the third moves forward over two years. This puts the audience in a privileged position of knowing information about the characters they do not yet know.
  • It is one of Alan Ayckbourn's rare plays which is identifiably set in the north of England. Other northern plays include Haunting Julia and A Chorus Of Disapproval (despite the latter being set in the normally Southern fictional town of Pendon).
  • Although not specifically written for the round (unlike Taking Steps), Alan Ayckbourn believes it is very difficult to successful produce in the end-stage due to the static nature of the play and the restaurant setting.
  • Time Of My Life is deliberately written so that one actor plays the restauranteur Calvinu as well as his four sons. It reflects Alan Ayckbourn's earlier play A Small Family Business in which one actor played all the Rivetti Brothers.
  • Calvinu's restaurant, the Essa de Calvi, not only appears in Time Of My Life but also in Consuming Passions (2016), where it is the location for the first of its two one-act plays, Premonitions. The play also sees the return of two of the waiters, Aggi & Dinka.
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