Better Off Dead: Quotes by Alan Ayckbourn

"Steve Freeman and Paul Robinson [the Stephen Joseph Theatre's Executive and Artistic Directors] have given me such impetus, I have even written next year's play as well! I hope the title's not prescient. This is a play about a writer, Algy, who lives in the wilds of North Yorkshire, who has shut himself off from the hurly-burly of publishing and London. He's proud to be a writer of detective fiction and his main character is called DCI Tommy Middlebrass, who is a rough, gritty detective, well past his sell-by-date. He's gritty and overweight but gets his results. He's got a green behind the ears sergeant with him, Gemma Price. Algy's very reluctant to seek publicity and has a love / hate relationship with the press. With great reluctance he grants an interview with a writer contemporary of his who claims to have been at school with him, although Algy can't remember a thing about him. When they meet in the garden of Algy's summer house, Gus arrives with a recording machine and is eager to get the rarely achieved interview with Algy the writer."
(A Brief History Of Plays event, 17 September 2017)

Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn.