Alan Ayckbourn is easily Britain's favourite playwright and with more than sixty plays to his credit, he's more prolific than Shakespeare.
Often described as a comic dramatist, Alan Ayckbourn has also known to reduce his audience to tears. His writing for women has received much praise, but it was his 1986 production A Woman in Mind which saw him hailed as a 'feminist dramatist'.
...and his fascination with writing for women continues. His only play for an all woman cast goes on tour next year - and his Christmas production for children explores a mother-daughter relationship touched by magic.
Alan Ayckbourn joins Jenni to discuss his most recent work - The Jollies, now playing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.