Interview: Daily Mail (6 October 1974)

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

Where The Man With The Golden Laugh Lines Gets Them All From…

by Jack Tinker

"I'm the sort of man who never makes a fuss in a restaurant."

"I could not write a play about people I did not basically like."

"The caffs [cafes] in Scarborough are marvellous to sit in. Conversation floats across from other tables that is pure gold dust."

"Mine is basically a comedy of recognition. I don't write jokes. People laugh because they see things they recognise as familiar."

"Love is playing with gelignite. Someone always gets his hand blown off."