Simon Grays diary for 2004, read by Nigel Anthony.
Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.Playwright Simon Gray begins his diaries for 2004 sitting at his usual table in the bar of a hotel in Barbados.
He remembers the reason his family christened him a Jouncer.
'It's difficult to enjoy eating a variety of puddings when three pairs of eyes, however sympathetic, are trained on you'.
'I would be tranquil, I really think I would be, if I weren't beginning to be convinced that I'm the victim of a conspiracy'.
'Over dinner, the director and his wife assured the author and his wife, and vice versa, that the evening had gone as well as can be expected on a first night with a new play...'.
'When I see a member of the audience bored or made irritable by my work, it seems to me manifestly my fault that they're having a terrible evening...'.