Interview: Scarborough Evening News (31 May 1989)

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

Ayckbourn At The Double

"I'm primarily a director who happens to write, I don't like writing. I like the end product, when it's finished and I can go into rehearsals with a group of hopefully like-minded people and bring it to life with them - that's the joy."

"I wanted to do a big show, an event and you need to really challenge yourself now and again, otherwise you tend to churn out the same stuff."

National Theatre would have up to 14 previews before they would contemplate having the press in. Here [Scarborough] we open absolutely cold, with one little matinee before we are bang in there with the critics. We have the same critics coming here, this time we have even got the New York Times coming, and it seems very unfair for the actors."