Interview: Sunday Times (3 June 1973)

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

Lines And Deadlines

by Philip Oakes

"I don't want to write wholly conventional plays but I have to face it: I'm not too interested in the kitchen sink. I began by writing the lightest of farces, plays which people told me later were the most difficult of all to do. Robert Morley warned me once 'You can become too clever for your own good' - and I know what he means. But I hope I've got better. Certainly I've become more of a perfectionist."

"My step-father was a bank manager and the milieu that I remember from childhood stays with me. What's more important, though, is that they are all about characters I like. I take them quite seriously. And if you do that you can dig up all sorts of things about them. You can even allow them some unhappiness."

"People there [Scarborough] expect a laugh and they're cross if they don't get one. If I wrote a grim play and put it on at Scarborough all those nice old ladies would come up to me and say how sorry they were. Honestly, I wouldn't like to disappoint them."

"In London I'm regarded as a Northerner; down here I'm regarded as a foreigner. You can't win."