How you can listen to Scarborough-based playwright's Alan Ayckbourn's recording of his classic play Haunting Julia

The availability on line of a  new audio recording of a classic Alan Ayckbourn has been extended until the end of January.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 8:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 8:58 am
Alan Ayckbourn has recorded his classic play Haunting Julia

The writer plays all three parts in Haunting Julia, an online audio version of his classic 1994 play.

It is available exclusively from the Stephen Joseph Theatre website.

It follows a hugely successful audio recording released by the theatre in May of the writer and his wife, actor Heather Stoney, performing a new play of his, Anno Domino, which was listened to worldwide and critically acclaimed.

Haunting Julia takes place 12 years after the suicide of musical prodigy Julia Lukin. Her father Joe, still struggling with her death, meets with a psychic and her boyfriend to seek out the truth. But some questions are better left unanswered…

Alan Ayckbourn said: “Over the years I have always enjoyed creating offstage characters almost as much as onstage ones. They serve to provide, at their simplest, a depth and perspective to an overall stage picture.

“I consider Julia Lukin to be among the most complex and intriguing of my characters never physically to appear. Although a male three-hander, the play definitely belongs to her.”

Haunting Julia was first seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in its former home at Westwood in 1994. It has since gone on to have many successful productions, including two revivals at the Stephen Joseph.

The new audio version is directed by Alan, and was recorded at his home studio. It sees the writer take the parts of Julia’s father, Joe, her former boyfriend, Andy, and psychic Ken. Other voices are provided by Naomi Petersen. The final mix is by Paul Stear.

Haunting Julia can be heard via the theatre website until Sunday January 31.

Tickets are at £12 and can be booked via the website and listened to here: https://www.sjt.uk.com/event/1078/haunting_julia