Interview: Manchester Evening News (19 August 1976)

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

The Conquests Of Alan Ayckbourn

by Alan Hulme

"In The Round sounded damn funny to me. But when I got there it was the most exciting thing I'd ever seen."

"I'm not really in control these days of how they turn out. I just sit down and write. My plays are getting darker and, from my point of view, better. But Scarborough always pulls at my coat tails. I think, there's 300 pensioners in next week and I've got to give them something to enjoy."

"What I'm trying to do is raise the level of popular entertainment. There is so much rubbish about, and I'm trying not to insult people's intelligence. I don't write for the lower-middle class, that just seems to be the area where I get most recognition."

"It's an absolute nightmare. But the urge to write gets stronger. The more you do, the more you won't settle for second best."