Interview: Western Mail (7 March 1977)

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

How To Keep Theatre Managers Laughing All The Way To The Bank

by Caroline Haydon

"Comedy is just a whisker away from tragedy. It depends on the angle you see things from. If two people are fighting alone in a room it can be grim. If they are doing the same thing in a roomful of people who don't know what to do about it it can be comic although the quarrel is basically the same."

"The danger is that when people come up to you and say, 'What a brilliant play, all about the future of human existence,' and you will say in your vanity. 'Yes, I'm glad you spotted that.' I try to say, 'No, it wasn't that at all'."