Interview: International Herald Tribune (20 September 1984)

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

An Exchange With Alan Ayckbourn

by David Lewis

"The play [Intimate Exchanges] is about choice and to that extent the form is not entirely arbitrary."

"I find the three-men-trapped-in-a-glass-bottle plays - three men named A, B and Z - rather boring. The archetypal question I am asked is 'Are you hoping to write a serious play some time?' as if this is what you naturally progress to from comedy. On my snappiest I say I have progressed past serious plays into comedy. I hope one can make serious comments about people without having to write heavily serious plays."

"There's no fun in writing at all. My first love is
directing."