Stephen Joseph: The Man Who Brought Theatre in the Round to Scarborough
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In 1955, Stephen founded the UK's first professional theatre in the round company in Scarborough with Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre. In 1962, he founded the UK's first permanent 'round' venue at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. His role in helping to found the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Societ of Theatre Consultants (SOTC) meant his many ideas about new theatre forms have continued to be influential over the decades since his death.
Stephen was also a mentor to Alan Ayckbourn, who guided and encouraged Alan early in his career and as was the first person to professionally employ Alan as both playwright and director. The significance of Stephen to Alan can be seen when Alan Ayckbourn took over the running of Theatre in the Round at the Library Theatre in 1969, ensuring Stephen's theatrical legacy survived.
Stephen Joseph was a British theatre pioneer during the 1950s and 1960s and this section explores Stephen Joseph's achievements, his theatrical achievements and its impact on Scarborough, his influence on Alan Ayckbourn as well as offering a brief overview of this influential figure in British theatre.