Alan Ayckbourn Quotes

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE (born 12 April 1939) is a prolific English playwright and director. He has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays in Scarborough and London and was, between 1972 and 2009, the artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, where all but four of his plays have received their first performance. More than 40 have subsequently been produced in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre or by the Royal Shakespeare Company since his first hit Relatively Speaking opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1969

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Alan Ayckbourn


He really is terribly heavy going. Like running up hill in roller skates.

Alan Ayckbourn


Plays by Alan Ayckbourn have been attracting larger audiences in the regional theatres than those of Shakespeare.

Alan Ayckbourn


Few women care to be laughed at and men not at all, except for large sums of money.

Alan Ayckbourn


A comedy is just a tragedy interrupted, I once said. Do you finish with the kiss or when she opens her eyes to tell him she loves him and sees blonde hairs on his collar?

Alan Ayckbourn


There are very few people on top of life, and the rest of us don't like them very much.

Alan Ayckbourn


There is a school of thought that believes that sleep is for the night. You appear to be out to disprove them.

Alan Ayckbourn


Cats names are more for human benefit. They give one a certain degree more confidence that the animal belongs to you.

Alan Ayckbourn


Salad, I can't bear salad. It grows while you're eating it, you know.

Alan Ayckbourn


“it couldn't have happened to a nicer person and it's a most fitting award.”

Alan Ayckbourn


“You might as well have put her on a stage eating a plate of spaghetti and put a rope round her chair instead of putting her in a theatre where she wasn't at home and was struggling.”

Alan Ayckbourn


As a writer one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is made for the rest of the human race.

Alan Ayckbourn


I think of a plot, I think of an idea, and then I wonder, How can I get that onto the stage? . . . Whatever devices you use should always be there to serve the theme. If the theme has been overtaken by the device, then something's wrong.

Alan Ayckbourn


What I find interesting is how close you can run the laughter along the seam of seriousness, and occasionally cross it, so that half the house genuinely doesn't know whether to laugh or cry. Custard pie humour is fairly universal, but at the other end, which I'm more interested in, there's the humour that hovers on the darkness, that walks in the shadow of something else, not always that obvious.

Alan Ayckbourn


The darker the subject, the more light you must try to shed on the matter. And vice versa.

Alan Ayckbourn


If you are flattering a woman, it pays to be a little more subtle. You don't have to bother with men, they believe any compliment automatically.

Alan Ayckbourn