Interview: Daily Mail (28 February 1978)

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

Joking Apart, Scarborough's Great For Ideas

"One gets very possessive about the place [Scarborough]. Especially out of season."

Joking Apart really came out of the realisation that my eldest son was eighteen, able to vote, buying me pints, old enough to drive me about in his own car. I suddenly caught up with the passage of time. I am 38. It's quite a shock. Until now my plays have always been on a very limited time scale. But I set this one over 12 years, hoping to show what time does to people just by passing. For the first time I'm feeling it touch me."