Interview: Time (28 September 2008)

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

Alan Ayckbourn's Curtain Call

by Richard Zoglin

"My attitude with plays is they're like pictures, in a sense. You have to write them in the frame. If you stop in the middle of a picture, I imagine, leave it for several weeks and start again, you're going to get a lopsided composition. Some of my best writing comes from serendipity. [Unexpected] things drop in."

"I got fascinated by his [Harold Pinter] use of dialogue, his use of words, the structure of sentences," Ayckbourn says. "You can see even now what's actually rubbed off on me from him."

"I've lived through enough times to know, as the French say, plus ca change - nothing changes, give or take the odd Iraqi war."

"I grew up in this little town writing for a theatre that relies entirely on its audience to survive. It's not just a matter of making them laugh. It's giving them a reason to want to stay in the theatre."