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A conventional playwright tries to tell you more about
by Timothy West

A conventional playwright tries to tell you more about
the characters than they know about themselves.
- Timothy West

The foyers now look ridiculously small to us because
not all that many people used them.
- Timothy West

You're not allowed to step out of whatever the rules are,
politically, or socially, and they'll get you for it,
they'll hunt you down.
That's the really frightening thing.
- Timothy West

In 1968 the Arts Council managed to get a grant from
the treasury to buy up a lot of derelict touring theatres
and put them back in the hands of the local authorities.
- Timothy West

 

The classical writers...
playwrights, Jacobean, Elizabethan playwrights,
all showed areas of all classes and how they live and
painted them pretty authentically.
- Timothy West

The newly decorated theatres produced things like car parks and restaurants,
so you could have a good night out, quite cheaply without
all that bother of having to go somewhere else.
- Timothy West

I don't believe in right-angled turning points.
- Timothy West

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Anybody can decide if they have got the money to fight
a case if they don't like a particular thing,
and they complain to the watch committee,
local council or whatever.
- Timothy West

I'm reluctant to use the word class so much.
- Timothy West

Certain things were deemed to be offensive.
It was usually bad language.
- Timothy West

I got very cross with the term, kitchen sink.
It just meant that you invaded different kinds of houses,
where it was very difficult to avoid kitchen sink.
- Timothy West

When you're writing about people that are not very well off,
you seem to see the kitchen sink.
So it was a bit of a sort of cosy phrase that got used a bit too much.
- Timothy West

No producer should revive a play unless they have a very good reason for it.
I think there's quite enough about a good play to make
it available to new audiences.
- Timothy West

There were loads of plays which were very popular before and after the war,
where everybody wore a dinner jacket in the third act
and it was in a house that you wished you'd owned with
people that you wish you knew.
It was life seen through a very privileged way.
- Timothy West

Towards the end of the Lord Chamberlain's era,
when his hold was being loosened, private prosecutions began to happen.
A member of staff at the Royal Court ordered to stop the play,
and the police were brought in.
- Timothy West

Suddenly we saw that you could do plays about real life,
and people had been doing them for some time,
but they weren't always getting to the audiences.
They were performed in little, tiny,
theatres.
- Timothy West

The Long and the Short and the Tall made a great impression
on me because it was a very ugly tale about the reality
of soldiering at a time when we were being gung-ho
about the whole thing of war.
- Timothy West

There was no real fringe theatre in London until way after the war,
so either a play was done secretly with a club licence
or it was done openly and had to be assessed along with everything else.
- Timothy West

Lord Chamberlain's readers or controllers,
which were a handful of people working directly to him,
were a very assorted group of people and some of them
tried very hard to be as liberal as they could.
- Timothy West

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

I believe that this is a different war than America
has ever fought in the past.
It is a non-conventional war.
It means that you've got to use every tool you've got available to you.
- Hugh Shelton

Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for
the alien who comes among us.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not
care why we went to war in Iraq,
that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein.
- Adam Schiff

Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom,
to see everything through the filter of right and left.
- Arianna Huffington

Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable
for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.
- Nick Clooney

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional
people not knowing what they are dealing with.
- Golda Meir

The conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program
and we need to cut welfare.
Just the opposite!
We need more welfare and fewer jobs.
- Jerry Brown

I think in conventional magazine wisdom,
you need to have a redesign every decade or so.
- Timothy White

Many people have their reputations as reporters and
analysts because they are on television,
batting around conventional wisdom.
A lot of these people have never reported a story.
- Bob Woodward

They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen.
But if they take place they'll be called "war" too.
And there will still be no conventional war.
- Bruce Sterling

I've always shied away from conventional wisdom,
though I know the power of it.
- Peter Jennings

We need not renounce the use of conventional force.
We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger
that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

The conventional army loses if it does not win.
The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.
- Henry A. Kissinger

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional
where depth and originality are wasted.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery

I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is.
The younger you are, the more risk you can take on.
- Maria Bartiromo

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify
it with reason and experiment.
- Steve Albini

As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie;
all it requires is a great writer and great director
with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy.
- David Cross

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social
Security and Medicare to provide for old age.
They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.
- Ron Chernow

Economists often like startling theorems,
results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community,
it is necessary to come up to a certain,
somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.
- Thorstein Veblen

I'm a sworn enemy of convention.
I despise the conventional in anything,
even the arts.
- Hedy Lamarr

People always blame the girl; she should have said no.
A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always
been that boys can't manage it.
- Anna Quindlen

The stars are the great Gothic churches:
spires,
naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses,
stained glass and grandeur, grandeur,
grandeur.
- John Corry

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love
affair which makes a part of the plot,
is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren

The conventional definition of management is getting
work done through people,
but real management is developing people through work.
- Agha Hasan Abedi

The 1960s were about releasing ourselves from conventional
society and freeing ourselves.
- Yoko Ono

It will be a pity if women in the more conventional
mould are to be phased out,
for there will never be anyone to go home to.
- Anita Brookner

I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and
revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional
circumstances and return to mathematical research.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

In our day the conventional element in literature is
elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending
that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye

The most important lesson of New Labour is this:
Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
- Ed Miliband

My religion centers in different areas than what's
considered conventional religion.
- Jack Kevorkian

Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
- Paul Farmer

I don't think Jimi committed suicide in the conventional way.
He just decided to exit when he wanted to.
- Eric Burdon

I think Tierney is also more libertarian than he is
conservative in the conventional sense.
- Daniel Okrent

It is conventional to call "monster" any blending of dissonant elements.
I call "monster" every original inexhaustible beauty.
- Alfred Jarry

You see, I am a very conventional scientist,
really.
- Martin Fleischmann

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited
with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden
of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated
to be the objects of satire.
- Carroll O'Connor

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

Doing the Muppet Show you forget about conventional filming.
- Peter Mayhew

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

Infelicity is an ill to which all acts are heir which
have the general character of ritual or ceremonial,
all conventional acts.
- J. L. Austin

Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying,
or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
- Noam Chomsky

Most human beings today waste some 25 to 30 years of
their lives before they break through the actual and
conventional lies which surround them.
- Isadora Duncan

Charlie's not your conventional mathematician...
we sexed him up a little bit.
- David Krumholtz

I really don't consider myself to be a conventional Hollywood star.
I've never really been marketed by the big studios
to do mass market box office films.
- Laura Dern

I really identified with Jess, because my own dream was acting,
which isn't the most conventional profession.
- Parminder Nagra


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