Interview: Financial Times (8 July 1971)

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

Alan Ayckbourn

by Michael Wale

"With modesty I think I can do my plays much better than a lot of people. I'm really only trying to make people laugh."

"I'm really sort of a half-caste now. If someone attacks the South I defend it. Then if I'm in London and someone talks about Northerners as if they still wear clogs I get annoyed. I write still in the Southern idiom. I've never dared to write like Alan Plater for instance, although I did put a 'yer what? ' into
Relatively Speaking. The Southern actors asked about it, so it was cut out."

"It's [Scarborough] such a great place to work. You can have your cake and eat it. Most places you have to work in the theatre are also the densest areas of population… and besides I'm also a pinball addict."