Interview: Northern Echo (14 September 1986)

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

Northern People

by Alan Ayckbourn

Interviewer: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Alan Ayckbourn:
An actor - or possibly a journalist.

What was your biggest life-changing moment?
When I found out I couldn’t act, that journalism looked like too much hard work and that I had a facility for directing and playwriting.

If you had the chance to make a film, what would it be about and who would star in it?
I’ve had the chance to make a film and I turned it down. If I did it would be Buster Keaton - but it’s far too late for that!

What are your views on devolution in the North-East or Yorkshire?
I think devolution of the North East would give the South East further excuse to treat us like second class citizens.

If you had three wishes what would they be (other than more wishes)?
1) Religious tolerance and understanding
2) End of world poverty
3) That we’d (in this country) value our arts and treasure them instead of regarding them as an optional extra.

What is you biggest regret?
None of the three above is ever likely to happen in my lifetime.

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