My Very Own Story

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 8f

Due to an unfortunate triple booking, three storytellers, Peter, Paul and Percy, arrive simultaneously each to tell his own story. 

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My Very Own Story

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 8f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)

Additional Info

Due to an unfortunate triple booking, three storytellers, Peter, Paul and Percy, arrive simultaneously each to tell his own story. After some acrimony, Percy wins out and is soon telling his story-- a Victorian yarn featuring, to his dismay, Paul who has hijacked the leading role. Soon Peter in turn is continuing Percy's unresolved fable only to find Percy appearing in this. In due course, Peter appears in Paul's gothic story (an extension of Peter's forties tales) and together they reach a surprisingly happy conclusion.
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Videos

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Growing As a Dramatist
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Comparisons
  • Alan Ayckbourn on How to Approach His Plays
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Getting Started
  • Alan Ayckbourn on the Difference Between Then and Now
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Writing a Well Made Play
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Ideas
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: The action takes place on an empty stage.

Casting

9m, 8f

The Story-Tellers 
PERCY PARTON
PETER PATCHETT
PAUL PEEL 

The Characters - Percy's Story - The Donkey
RUPERT -
played by Paul
GORFF - the coachman
MRS. YERP
YERP - her husband, Leonora and Frederick's retainer
LEONORA 
FREDERICK
- Leonora's brother (the "donkey")

Peter's Story - The Enchanted Suitor 
FREDERICK
- as a young man, played by Percy
1ST WOMAN 
2ND WOMAN 
PLAIN WOMAN 
CECILI
A - who marries Frederick 
ALICIA - her mother 
EMILIA - her sister 

Paul's Story - The Sorceror's Daughter 
CECILIA/ALICIA 
ALICIA/CECILIA 
EMILIA 
VARIUS
- Alicia's husband, played by Peter
VILLAGE BOY 
DENZIL
BASIL

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Casting Notes

Plus 1 keyboard player

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Authors

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles ...

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My Very Own Story premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round in Scarborough in August 1991 under the direction of Alan Ayckbourn.

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