Interview: Huddersfield Examiner (11 August 1978)

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

Drama Of The Deadline Delivery

by Val Javin

"I was working for
Stephen Joseph in Scarborough and complaining bitterly about the part I had. Stephen said if I could write something better we would do it. It [his first play, The Square Cat] played for about three weeks and I thought it was a wonderful way to make money. I thought I'd be rich in no time."

"There are actor-directors, but once you've tasted the megalomania of
directing, you don't want to go back."

"I work all night, sleep in the morning and carry on in the afternoon. It's [the writing] very quick, but it has to happen like that. Not that I'm trying to play the Minute Waltz in 20 seconds."

"I rather thrive on deadlines. I need that pressure physically. I've got too many ideas. Then someone says, well it's got to be delivered on Monday, so you decide and do it."

"You can only progress in your own way. I feel I have from play to play, but it is a fairly imperceptible movement."