Interview: Yorkshire Evening Press (7 June 1988)

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

Great To Be Back On Seaside Stage

by Robert Beaumont

"I presided over such a happy company [at the National Theatre] and we did better than I had ever dared to hope. I could not have wished for more."

"I have proved to myself that I can play away from Scarborough and win; now I have to prove that I can take up the reins again."

"The National Theatre taught me to discipline my writing. There was no way I could turn up for rehearsals with a new play under my arm. The place is just too big for that."

"I think the Ayckbourn tradition is shifting. It is not as light or as naturalistic as it used to be; there is now an increased element of surrealism in my plays."