Intimate Exchanges: Archive Images

A collection of archive material, posters, rehearsal and production images pertaining to Alan Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges. The Archive Images page is presented in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York where the Ayckbourn Archive is held. Click on an image to expand.

Intimate Exchanges (1982)

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The complex branching structure for Intimate Exchanges (a single scene leading to 16 possible variations of the play) was actually initially conceived for his 1979 play Sisterly Feelings - as these early notes by the playwright show. He would simplify the structure for this play, but re-use the structure for Intimate Exchanges.

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Alan Ayckbourn in the foyer of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough, in 1982. The foyer had a wall-sized diagram illustrating all the possible permutations of Intimate Exchanges and which particular variation was being next performed.

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A composite image of Lavinia Bertram & Robin Herford playing all 10 of their characters in the world premiere of Intimate Exchanges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round Scarborough in 1982.

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The French film auteur Alain Resnais adapted Intimate Exchanges into two films, Smoking & No Smoking, in 1993. These are the posters for the films which adapted 12 of the 16 possible permutations of the film.

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Sabine Azéma & Pierre Arditi in the films Smoking / No Smoking. The director, Alain Resnais, stayed faithful to the play with both actors playing all 10 roles.

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Intimate Exchanges has only been performed in its entirety twice. The first time in 1982 and the second for Alan Ayckbourn's 2006 / 2007 revival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Here both casts of Robin Herford & Lavinia Bertram and Claudia Elmhirst & Bill Champion are united with Alan Ayckbourn (centre)

Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
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The poster for the 2006 / 2007 revival of Intimate Exchanges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. As Alan Ayckbourn had a stroke just prior to rehearsals beginning, the play was initially directed by Tim Luscombe in 2006 before Alan took over in 2007.

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A composite photograph of Bill Champion & Claudia Elmhirst as all 10 characters in the 2006 / 2007 revival of Intimate Exchanges at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. The image pays homage to the original composite image from 1982 also seen on this page.

Photographer: Tony Bartholomew (© Tony Bartholomew)
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