Absurd Person Singular: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

What does the title Absurd Person Singular mean and / or how does it relate to the play?
Simply put, it doesn't mean anything nor does it relate to the play. Despite many - often very clever - attempts to explain what the title means in relation to the play, ultimately they are pointless. For - as the playwright has frequently admitted - the title Absurd Person Singular was conceived in an elevator without a play in mind and was then intended for an entirely different play, which the playwright did not write. As he liked the title so much - and because it was so vague it could be applied to any number of plays - Alan attached it to his next play despite at the time not knowing what he was going to write. So Absurd Person Singular actually has nothing to do with the play itself, it was just a title the playwright liked.

Where can I obtain the television or radio adaptations of Absurd Person Singular?
Unfortunately, the television adaptation of Absurd Person Singular is not available to buy in the UK or European territories, where the adaptation has never been released commercially and the playwright is aware of no intention to release Absurd Person Singular in the foreseeable future. It has been made available to digitally stream in North American territories. The radio adaptation has also never been released commercially and it is not believed to be held in the BBC Archive indicating it has probably not survived.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.