Interview: Scarborough Evening News (19 April 1979)

This page reproduces some of Alan Ayckbourn's significant quotes from the interview.

It's a Hit

"This was the first time that we had been able to take an English cast over [to New York], which I think helped tremendously - when my stuff is played in English, it's best played by English actors. I did a lot of direction on it, and it [
Bedroom Farce on Broadway] looked good from the start."

"There is an enormous barrier that none of our comics have really crossed. But though there are areas that the Americans prefer - they are more susceptible to the one-liner - they quite like to laugh. In a way, they are like a Scarborough winter audience - they either like laughing, or they don't."

"The nice thing about radio is that it is technically the simplest of the technical media. In radio you can concentrate on the play and the actors - though the difficulty is to get people to play into the microphones instead of playing to each other."