Interview: The Press (17 July 2014)

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

Just A Quickie With… Alan Ayckbourn

by Charles Hutchinson

"It’s unusual in that, in a sense, I had nothing to do with it [
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book musical adaptation]. The lyricist, Paul James, and the composers Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus, contacted me several years ago saying they wanted to do this. They sent me a song and then, a little later on, they sent me another song and I was thinking, ‘this isn’t going to be ready till 2030’! And then last year they contacted me to say they’d finished it. They sent me the script, which I approved and I asked if they’d like to come to Scarborough to play it through for me here. Which they obligingly did and I liked it enough to want to proceed. So I talked to the Stephen Joseph Theatre about doing it this summer."

"Paul not only trimmed the book but wrote all the lyrics as well. I think they’ve, all of them, caught the spirit of the play very closely. Paul, Cathy and Eric obviously love the piece. But then you can’t work on something you don’t love, can you, and gratifyingly I think they are as passionate about it as I was when I first wrote the play. As a director, I’ll happily hitch a ride along with that sort of enthusiasm."

"It’s a family show, not a children’s show, it’s definitely more a family show. It’s for anyone who ever secretly read under the bed clothes as a child and who has ever been captivated by a story in a book. In terms of a musical, it’s really quite small scale, in that it doesn’t have a cast of hundreds, but I feel with big potential."