Interview: Today (9 November 1986)

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

Chorus Of Approval

by David Shannon

"Some writers go out and look for a theme. I've never said: 'Right, now I'm going to write a very serious play about world shipping.' My characters just stagger in and start behaving."

"Nothing is more boring than watching two smug, successful people in love on a stage together."

"My great advantage as a dramatist is my great disadvantage as a human being: I have most of the faults of our race all in one person. I often catch myself behaving exactly like my characters."

"Whatever else I am, I am a fairly good craftsman. If a chap is walking across the stage with, the tea things I tend to give him enough lines to get to the other side."