Farcicals: Quotes by Alan Ayckbourn

Farcicals are frivolous and inconsequential comedies of fun, infidelity, love, lust, food fights and lost trousers.”
(The Press, 14 March 2013)

“I’m not even farce-minded, but writing Arrivals & Departures [his new play] was hard at times and these were fun to write and hopefully the audiences will enjoy watching them. They’re very jolly shows to see at a lunchtime without giving you indigestion…. This year the farces have popped up and it’s quite challenging to write farces because there’s no such thing as an interesting farce.”
(Yorkshire Post, 23 June 2013)

“I just had fun with these plays. Really they’re miniatures that are in the tradition of the one-act plays that Chekhov and the Victorians used to write. They rise or fall on whether they’re funny. The big test is that there’s no such thing as a moderately interesting farce. You don’t say, ‘Oh, that was moderately interesting’; you say ‘that was funny’ or not."
(Yorkshire Post, 22 August 2013)

"I think these must be the lightest two plays I've written in 50 years. They just sort of popped out. And the fact they turned into farces really surprised me, as that's not the usual direction. But I like the way they work."
(Guildford Magazine, 1 January 2014)

Copyright: Alan Ayckbourn