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."

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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."