Haunting Julia: Frequently Asked Questions

Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd's answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Alan Ayckbourn's Haunting Julia. If you have a question about this or any other of Alan Ayckbourn's plays, you can contact the website via the Contact Us page.

Does Joe see his daughter's ghost at the climax of the play?
That is for the audience to decide as, obviously, only Joe sees what is on the bed (although the audience and other characters see physical manifestations of the event). Alan Ayckbourn's own interpretation is that Joe is seeing a 'real' ghost rather than a product of his imagination; however, he also feels it can be interpreted as either a physical manifestation of Julia or a product of Joe's obsession with his daughter; Joe is both a haunted and haunting character whether literally or metaphorically and both interpretations are valid. Unlike Snake In The Grass, the play is slightly less ambiguous about the supernatural though as whilst only Joe sees Julia, the other men do experience her manifestation through the physical effects in the room and the bleeding on the bed.

Is it possible to buy Haunting Julia as a singer playscript rather than as part of the collection Alan Ayckbourn: Plays 3?
Yes. On 18 October 2018, Samuel French published an acting edition of Haunting Julia which is available from amazon.co.uk here.

Is Haunting Julia part of a trilogy of plays alongside Snake In The Grass and Life & Beth and, if so, is this trilogy called Things That Go Bump?
No. Haunting Julia is not part of a trilogy of supernatural plays and there is no such thing as the Things That Go Bump trilogy.
To elaborate, Alan Ayckbourn has not written a trilogy called
Things That Go Bump, nor has he ever referred to these plays as a trilogy nor used the title Things That Go Bump for the plays himself.
The confusion stems from the fact that when the three plays were produced together at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2008, they were promoted under the season title of
Things That Go Bump. This was a marketing campaign created specifically for this season and the title has never since been used officially in association with the three plays. However, certain media reports and websites - most notably Wikipedia - inaccurately referred to the plays as the Things That Go Bump trilogy leading to the - incorrect - suggestion that these three plays formed a trilogy such as The Norman Conquests or Damsels In Distress.
While the three plays share similar themes (the supernatural, parents' relationship to their children) and
Life & Beth was written initially with the cast requirements of Haunting Julia and Snake In The Grass in mind, these three plays are not considered to be an actual trilogy. Rather they are three thematically connected plays which can be performed with the same company.
Any website or article which refers to
Haunting Julia, Snake In The Grass and Life & Beth as the Things That Go Bump trilogy or just a trilogy is inaccurate.

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.