Alan Ayckbourn has written a staggering 76 full length plays, more than half of which have transferred to either the West End or the National Theatre. He has received numerous awards and honours including two Oliviers, a Tony, been appointed a CBE and been knighted for services to the theatre. With endless regional theatres, tours and West End revivals of older plays and transfers of the new, just what is it about Ayckbourn that continues to entertain? His work is changeable, challenging, conceptual, funny and moving. He manages to keep investigating and challenging himself as well as the public and critics. We will look at a select few of his plays and scenes from others, delving into character, text and plot, working practically and through discussion.