Interview: Scarborough Evening News (6 January 1978)

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

Treading A Tightrope Between Comedy And Tragedy

"I think it [Joking Apart] is a bit different to anything I have written before. For one thing there is the time span."

"Better comedy writing is always an inch away from being tragedy. I try to tread the tightrope. I think In this case the rope is fairly good, but I never really know where the balance Is until I see the audience reaction. People could well see a darker side to it. Another thing about this play is that it could not be written by anyone under 38 years old. Suddenly I have written a middle-aged play. One doesn't realise time has flown. I think of the '60s as being yesterday, but already actors are writing to me who were born at the end of the 1950s."