Interview: Sheffield Star (8 September 1983)

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

A Top Playwright In Any Language

by Philip Andrews

"I am very lucky that my style is comedic. It puts me in touch with a lot more people. People sometimes ask me if I would like to write a serious, play. I tell them they are serious, but the comedy makes them more accessible. My plays are about universal themes - marriage, life and death."

"Most of my characters get what they deserve. One knows there is a great big hand somewhere waiting to pull the rug from under them."

"It [writing] doesn't worry me. I work to self-imposed deadlines. I have done it before and I can do it again."

"I don't write about working class miners' sons because I have no experience of them."

"No director [of his plays] stands a hope in hell of getting my approval. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by a fresh interpretation of a script, but sometimes I get a persecution complex that someone has set out to ruin my play."

"It [Scarborough] is a marvellous place to be and the theatre is small enough to allow me to get things done."

"My best ideas are for the stage and I don't want to give television second-best."