Interview: Midweek (31 October 1985)

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

A Chorus Of Approval

by Sarah Gristwood

"What the British like are people who really try hard. The appeal of certain popular entertainers who shall be nameless is just they are sweating their guts out for you."

"Unfortunately, if you say you are no good these days people begin to believe you. In the last few years I've tried to make writing sound harder."

"It isn't a good idea to write a second play while you still have the taste of the first in your mouth."

''Some are not interested [in the theatre]. Others find it scary for reasons of class or sex. Men think it saps their virility. I try to stage something for people who don't like going to the theatre.
Me, Myself and I was written in a bar, for a bar, for an audience who is eating and drinking. My heart has always been in this fringey business." [1]

"Up in Scarborough we are in a rowing boat while the National Theatre is the QE2. The problem with the QE2 is that it takes seven miles to stop."

"I always had the door opened to me. Even at the very beginning of my career. I have never in my life had a script rejected. Of course, some might say 'about time he did.'"

Website Notes:
[1]
Me, Myself & I was premiered in The Studio at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, as a lunch-time show.