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An Evening of Stephen Joseph: Illustrated Talk At Scarborough Art Gallery

Stephen Joseph


The life and work of theatrical pioneer Stephen Joseph comes under the spotlight at Scarborough Art Gallery next month.

Author and theatre expert Paul Elsam is giving an illustrated evening talk about Joseph, the man who brought theatre-in-the-round to this country, set up what is now the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and first encouraged a young Alan Ayckbourn to write.

Paul Elsam trained as an actor in Manchester, and has gone on to act, direct and teach, both here and in the USA.

Living and working in Scarborough from 1993, Paul heard Alan Ayckbourn speak often of Stephen Joseph as his mentor; yet hardly anyone else seemed to know who Joseph was.

Paul set out to fill in some gaps in the historical record, and in 2010 he completed a PhD on the work and legacy of Stephen Joseph. This research was later published by Bloomsbury as Stephen Joseph – Theatre Pioneer and Provocateur.

In Paul's view Stephen was a theatre revolutionary – bringing theatre-in-the-round to the UK, and giving space and encouragement to other innovators including Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter and verbatim theatre pioneer Peter Cheeseman. As Alan Ayckbourn explains in the foreword to Paul's book, Joseph was above all a teacher – but a teacher who 'threatened at any moment to blow up the classroom'.

Paul currently lectures at Teesside University, and teaches acting at ALRA North drama school. He is author of the bestselling Methuen handbook Acting Characters.

Tickets for the talk are £5.00, and it will last around an hour. Places are limited, so booking is recommended. To book, or for further information, please call the Art Gallery on 01723 374753.

The talk is part of a programme of events around SJT at 60 (11 July to 13 September), an exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery celebrating the 60th anniversary of Scarborough's world-famous theatre. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, plus Bank Holidays.

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