Interview: Northern Echo (17 September 1979)

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

Counting Down To Curtain Up

by Jean Endersby

"I am a terrible person to take out to dinner because I spend most of the time leaning backwards listening to the people on the next table. People take each other but to eat when they want to discuss all kinds of personal relationships - should they break up, should they get married - and because they feel enclosed in their own world they forget they can be overheard."

"I write middle-class plays because I am middle-class. We have an author well-known for writing about the upper classes, William Douglas-Home, and numerous working-class authors and I wouldn't want to step on to their territory."