Interview: Sunday Telegraph (3 June 1984)

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

Alan Ayckbourn, Middle Class and Almost Militant


"It's [Intimate Exchanges] based on the theory that our lives are mostly comprised of sheer accidents. Anyone who claims to have planned his life from the outset is either a liar or very dull."

"It's [
Intimate Exchanges] like a great big picture book. You can open it at any page and have a good evening. You can go 16 times, but you've got to be completely mad or my mother to do that." Mr Ayckbourn pauses and gives one of the quick laughs that are full stops to his sentences. "But we shall certainly be able to multiply the audience by eight! "

"The best comedy stems from recognition from the audience, the sort of half-gasp laugh that means, 'Oh, God. yes. there but for the grace of go I.'"