Interview: The Independent (1 June 1988)

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

Prodigal's Love For The Last Resort

by Sheila Johnston

"It sounds ridiculous now, but then there wasn't another theatre like it [the Library Theatre, Scarborough] British theatre was all proscenium arch, full stop. No fringe. The audience assumed we couldn't afford a curtain. The work was extraordinary - everybody was writing. A lot of it was dreadful, but it didn't matter in the end."

"Scarborough is probably the toughest town for theatre. It's unenthusiastic, un-impressible. Scarborough says to itself: 'If you're that good, what are you doing here?' I came back because nobody expected me to. But I need Scarborough at least as much as it needs me."