Interview: The Scotsman (24 May 1975)

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

Comedy Of Manners

by William Foster

"He [
Donald Wolfit] was looking for someone cheap at £3 a week. I played a sentry. He employed me because I'd been in the cadet force and could be guaranteed not to faint for 40 minutes on parade. So I stood there and watched him act every night, sometimes cursing the audience when he had his back to them. I thought all actors were like that."

BBC was a sort of hospital ward for the shell-shocked. You learned to examine your craft because you had to tell other writers what needed changing and what wouldn't work. I couldn't have found a better hole."