Alan and Thora

Alan and Thora - BBC Radio Collection

Audio Cassette (02 Aug 2004)

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Synopsis

Alan Bennett introduces three monologues starring Thora Hird, including her final performance. Until the time of her death in 2003, much-loved actress Thora Hird worked regularly with the playwright Alan Bennett. Now, in a specially written introduction and postscript, Bennett recalls his work and friendship with Thora, and introduces three examples of their collaboration. "The Last of the Sun" - Dolly's remaining days in an old people's home are enlivened by a seemingly respectable man. Recorded in 2002, Thora Hird's last ever performance, in a part written especially for her, is moving and memorable. "A Cream Cracker Under the Settee" - Doris has taken a fall at home, and until someone comes to rescue her she's left immobile and in reflective mood. This monologue features one of Thora's best-remembered performances. "Waiting for the Telegram" - Remembering how she lost her first young man, Violet does not see how close she is to losing her second. Thora Hird won a BAFTA for Best Actress for her performance in this monologue.

Book information

ISBN: 9780563524755
Publisher: BBC
Imprint: BBC
Pub date:
DEWEY: 791.4475
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Weight: -1g