Alan Ayckbourn Quotes

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

    Salad   Bears   Eating  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.113, Grove Press
  • 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.

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

    Believe   Sleep   School  
    Alan Ayckbourn (2015). “The Crafty Art of Playmaking”, p.68, Macmillan
  • 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?

    Eye   Kissing   Hair  
    "A Crash Course In Playwriting". 1993.
  • Few women care to be laughed at and men not at all, except for large sums of money.

    Funny   Money   Laughter  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.9, Grove Press
  • Cats names are more for human benefit. They give one a certain degree more confidence that the animal belongs to you.

    Cat   Animal   Names  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.28, Grove Press
  • The darker the subject, the more light you must try to shed on the matter. And vice versa.

    Light   Trying   Vices  
    Alan Ayckbourn (2015). “The Crafty Art of Playmaking”, p.11, Macmillan
  • 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.

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

    Newsweek, March 25, 1979.
  • 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.

  • A gentleman ... sleeps at his work. That's what work's for. Why do you think they have the SILENCE notices in the library? So as not to disturb me in my little nook behind the biography shelves.

    Work   Sleep   Thinking  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.215, Grove Press
  • Plays by Alan Ayckbourn have been attracting larger audiences in the regional theatres than those of Shakespeare.

    Play   Theatre   Audience  
    Press Release by the Arts Council of Great Britain, November 02, 1983.
  • 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.

    Women   Believe   Littles  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.199, Grove Press
  • He really is terribly heavy going. Like running up hill in roller skates.

    Running   Hills   Heavy  
    Alan Ayckbourn (1988). “The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Plays”, p.100, Grove Press
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