Interview: Greenwich Theatre Magazine (1984)

This interview was published in the Greenwich Theatre Magazine during 1984.

Theatrical Confessions

by Alan Ayckbourn

The questions are those asked of theatrical personalities in the Magazine Theatre Programme fifty years ago.

Alan Ayckbourn
Which is your favourite theatre?
The Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, Scarborough. (Where else?!).

Which is your favourite play? The Three Sisters.

What is your earliest recollection? Screaming during Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.

Which is your favourite sport? Cricket.

Which is your favourite hobby? Messing around with computers.

Which are your favourite cigarettes? Do not smoke.

What would you do to make London brighter? Ban motor traffic. Introduce bicycles free and state subsidised rickshaws.

What is your ideal holiday? Telling everyone I've gone abroad and staying at home.

Who is your favourite tailor? The Trouser House, Bond Street.

Which is your lucky day? Hopefully today.

Which is your favourite restaurant? The Brompton Forge, nr Pickering, Yorks.

Which is your favourite dish? Game.

What is your greatest ambition? To get a good review from Time Out.

What is your favourite motto? Never believe your own publicity.

When do you feel at your worst? When about to attend a large public gathering or party.

When do you feel at your best? When leaving.

What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day? Sit open mouthed in disbelief when acquainted with the true facts.

What is your favourite pet? Bollinger, my Burmese Cat.

What is your pet aversion? Political, trade union and other doctrinaire "Jargon" - theatre latecomers - swedes and turnips.

What is your opinion of Bridge? Pass.

What if you were not connected with the theatre, would you prefer to be? An Astronaut.

Which is your favourite Christian name? Buster (as in Keaton).
Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn. This edited transcription and the end-notes have been compiled and researched by Simon Murgatroyd. Please do not reproduce without permission of the copyright holder.