Interview: The Daily Telegraph (24 January 1983)

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

That Pioneering Spirit

by John Barber

"I am very keen to develop the playwright's ability. I know I'm pretty good at the technical side - I've practically nothing else to show! What's always worried me is that I shouldn't let this skill interfere with my involvement with the people I'm… trailing. It's so easy to keep my mind in bottom gear and cruise around, chug-chug, not doing anything. I suppose in the last few years I've been like a man who's now learned to drive. Now I know I can take corners while keeping my mind on other things. I can keep my eye on the road, and it's no longer necessary to look down at the gear-box to see what it's doing."