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“I’m a great admirer of Pinter and Ivy Compton-Burnett…the connection between them is cold cruelty. Just think of all those familial relationships which are like so many nests of snakes. And then there is the dryness which they both share. Like Pinter Ivy Compton-Burnett writes in the form of dialogue. She is almost pure theatre.”

(from the London Magazine 1985; interview by Ian Thomson)