Interview: Evening Sentinel (13 April 1990)

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

Relevantly Speaking

by Geoff Brugger

"I am not trying to beat anybody [having written more plays than Shakespeare]. Goldoni wrote more than 200 plays, but only one is ever done."

"I have been widening out in terms of area. I think my obsession with personal relationships is still there, but I am writing about morality, good and evil, more and more."

"I think the middle class now extends over an enormous range of people. We are obsessed with labels. I write about people I meet and know and relate to."

"It [
Body Language] is a very dark farce. It is about how we perceive ourselves and about how other people perceive us, particularly women. Depending upon their shape, they get a totally different reaction. With all the attention given to dieting and cooking, we seem to be quite obsessed with blowing up and going down."