Interview: The Press (25 May 2001)

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

Alan Gets Two Plays For The Price Of One

by Charles Hutchinson

"We [the Stephen Joseph Theatre] now tour so much, so if we can put two plays on one set, we can take the plays on the road for two-week runs and that makes it easier to take shows around the country."

"I've also been trying to get back to writing for a specific company, in this case seven actors, who will form a micro-rep company, and my intention is to take that further. The plan would be to have a cast perform a play in Scarborough, then on tour, and then come back here for the next play."
GamePlan and FlatSpin are bracketed together under the title of Damsels In Distress, and both have troubled women at their centre.

"I always remember being told in the Fifties that the worst thing you could do was write a scene for two women, and there was a great moan at the time from actresses that there were no roles for women. I've always tried to write up the women in my plays. Most of the men in my plays are buttoned up but the women can let rip and shout the house down. Men have to be up against the fates before they let things out and show their feelings. With women, I guess it's like writing for brass rather than woodwind."