Neighbourhood Watch (Ayckbourn play)

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Neighbourhood Watch
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Written byAlan Ayckbourn
Date premiered13 September 2011
Place premieredStephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Original languageEnglish
SubjectTaking the law into own hands, authoritarian ideals
GenreBlack Comedy
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Neighbourhood Watch is a 2011 play by Alan Ayckbourn. The play premiered on 13 September 2011 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.[1]


The play centers around a brother and sister who innocently set up a Neighbourhood Watch group following petty crime from a nearby estate,[2] only for the group to go out of control and become an authoritarian force controlling the lives of the people they are supposed to protect.[3]


Critics were generally favourable with Michael Billington from The Guardian calling it "highly ambitious" and "biliously funny"[2] while The Daily Telegraph and The Stage also gave it positive reviews.[4]

A performance starring Paul Lavers was held at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage in May 2018.[5]


  1. ^ "Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website". Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Billington, Michael (13 September 2011). "Neighbourhood Watch – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Neighbourhood Watch, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, review". Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Critics praise Alan Ayckbourn play Neighbourhood Watch". BBC News. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. ^ Neighbourhood Watch comes to Stevenage theatre - The Comet 30 April 2018

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