Interview: Daily Express (16 October 1989)

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

You're Never Alone With A Psychopathic Sloane

by Maureen Paton

"I wanted to write a play [
The Revengers' Comedies] about a man who picks up a stray kitten and finds it's a boa constrictor instead."

"I think my plays are taking on wider social connotations now. I'm getting a bit cheesed off with marriage really - there are only so many ways a woman can hit her husband."

"The very freedom that being unmarried gives you keeps you together. I suppose my brand of comedy is a comedy of disillusion. I get a bit depressed occasionally. Anyone who's lived more than 30 years tends to do so because you see the same things going round again."

"I won't stop trying to make people laugh. It has been proved that it's possible to be serious and make people laugh. My alter ego Karen is completely off her trolley. In theatre, there's humour between the cracks of the horror. I'm fascinated by treading that razor blade."