Arious one is The finger of God The only weak one would be Playing Sandwiches There are many funny wisecracks to be found in these texts If you think suash is a competitive activity try flower arrangement Unfortunately you cannot read this Because it is written by An Old White Dude and veryone knows that Old White Dudes cannot write women well And Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between everyone knows that EveryoneEveryone knows that menspecially Old White Dudes are out of touch with modern society This shit was written in the 80s for goodness sake They also hate all women Even when they write sparkling monologues for older women and have them having conversations that aren t just about men you can just feel the hatred seeping in It s the way they were brought up Oh yeah and massive trigger warning as well So don t bother Stay in your comfort zone It s nice there Beanbags and terrariums Mmm avocado and uinoa I m being facetious but I m in that mood right now I ll write a proper review later Loved these monologues and found them to be uintessentially British I happen to finish reading them just in time to then watch the BBC s new recordings of them Intimate isolation amid loss pandemic reading and viewingThis book contains thirteen sharp intimate but unsentimental monologues The Day Christ Was Born eleven by middle aged orlderly women plus a couple of men Their bittersweet lives mostly in and around a version of Leeds in Yorkshire are carefully revealed by Alan Bennett an archetypal national treasure a term of ndearment he resists They were written for performance mostly with specific actors in mind Bennett himself played Graham in A Chip in the Sugar The first batch was in 1988 and the second in 1998 In 2020 ten of them plus a couple of new ones were cast with different actors filmed and broadcast during Coronavirus lockdown then staged when lockdown ased They re cast with different actors filmed and broadcast during Coronavirus lockdown then staged when lockdown The Seventh Witch eased They re in all three mediums though I find it most powerful when I can see and hear the body language and intonation of the specific actor as I readSlow partialxpositionEach narrator describes their apparently simple straightforward and conventional life but gradually hints at sadness secrets and sinister undercurrents In some it s just a breach of And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake etiuette or societalxpectations in a couple the taboo is far greaterAs a reader or viewer you fill in the gaps before the narrator does The clues are in what is unsaid They all hold something back ven from themselves It s the opposite of confessional reality TVImage Missing pieces in a blank jigsaw SourceOn first ncounter the stories are darker than you initially The Pocket Wife expect On subseuent occasions you relish spotting the clues and yetach retains the power to surprise and move and sometimes to shock uiet catastrophes not cosy onesThey ve been part of the literary and TV fabric throughout my adult life I regularly return to them with the fond familiarity of visiting great aunts who I m concerned about Doubly powerful in a pandemicLoneliness loss and isolation are horribly real for many of us right now as well as real for many of us right now as well as common themes in the monologues Watching the new versions on TV when I ve hardly met let alone touched anyone from another household is The Color of Our Sky especially poignant Losing faith wantingscape drinking too much and keeping or uncovering secrets take on new resonance Guilt is another recurring theme specially guilt about things not done or not acknowledged Something about lockdown triggers guilt I find Another touchpointIntimate pieces intimately doneTheatres in London s West End have not reopened yet September 2020 Even at drastically reduced capacity the pinch points of 2020 Even at drastically reduced capacity the pinch points of xits aisles and loos in old theatres would not meet current guideli. Nett è andato molto oltre strappando il massimo di ilarità a un pretesto anche scenico ridotto al minimo E pur ssendo di fatto una forma a sé – un po’ commedie per voce sola un po’ «versioni rudimentali di un racconto» – uesti monologhi costituiscono la migliore introduzione possibile al mondo di Bennett dove le leggi della logica prima o poi si incagliano su un dettaglio incongruo finendo per ritorcersi contro chi cercava di applicarle Come accade al Graham di Una patatina nello zucchero costretto prima Listened to this as an audiobook some of these stories are priceless Patricia Routledge is incredible The Vicars wife outstanding Bennett gives a voice to the uiet Briton universal man or woman with incredible pathos satire insight and wit utterly compelling monologues spoken by people who totally wore the role poignant and beautiful This book was great Normally I believe that plays are better performed than read but I still loved this book of short monologues and comedic scenes I think this is a brilliant book and I loved very page The characters are so realistic that I could find people I knew that were very like some of themI have just reread this book and Cabaret: A Roman Riddle enjoyed it just as much I really admire this author and the way he writes Been listening to this on and off for a couple of years and am going to see it off Now that makes it sound like a chore doesn t it well it is not These are fab vignettesThe only Bennett that I haven t liked is that which alllse love namely The Uncommon Reader From BBC radio 4Alan Bennett s much loved collection of monologues giving us a glimpse in to the lives of six ordinary British people1 Talking about Talking Heads2 A Chip in the Sugar read by Alan BennettLife for Graham and his lderly mother has settled into a comfortable pattern when a face from the past appears to threaten his peace of mind 3 A Lady of Letters read by Patricia RoutledgeIrene thinks corresponding is very citizen s right in a free society but she gets her first taste of real freedom in the most unlikely place 4 Bed Among the Lentils read by Anna MasseySusan doesn t feel she has any of the talents needed to be a vicar s wife and finds herself seeking comfort lsewhere 5 Her Chance read by Julie WaltersLesley is an actress who works hard at her craft needs a career leg up Will a chance ncounter at a pa I picked up this book last time I was in London solely based on having read and thoroughly All Roads Lead Home enjoyed Bennett s The Uncommon Reader which I chuckled my way through Myxpectations therefore were probably not uite realistic not because Talking Heads isn t funny It is in parts but than that it is heartbreaking sometimes ven tragic and although I suspect it is uite truthful about the kinds of lives some people lead it was ultimately also somewhat depressing with one or two xceptions The book consists of a number of monologues most of which are by middle aged women most of whom are or less miserable What I njoyed the most was when things were left unsaid and when the speaker was clearly clueless as to certain important parts of their own lives g when one woman s husband is probably a murderer However as Bennett for some reason had included lengthy introductions to three rounds of monologues way too much in my view had been The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis explainedven before I read the stories which was a shame uite njoyable but perhaps too much of the same One or two uplifting twists or different kinds of characters would have added colour hope I suspect I also would have gotten a lot out of the monologues if I had actually heard them performed which is after all what they were meant for There were uite a lot of collouial British xpressions which would no doubt have come alive uite wonderfully if spoken by g Patricia Routledge who was apparently cast for a few of the monologues I may have to try and find them despite the fact that they re hardly part of the TV curriculum here in Denmark Great fun reading these theatre Monologues With Characters Ranging From The Hilarious with characters ranging from the hilarious the sad The first one is maybe the best one never imagined that such a little sentence as We laughed could become so significant and sad The most hil. Chi ha letto Nudi crudi La cerimonia del massaggio o La signora nel furgone sa già che la sulfurea comicità di Alan Bennett si sprigiona perlopiù da situazioni in apparenza dimesse un appartamento svaligiato una commemorazione funebre i rapsodici contatti con una barbona invadente Just Cause e non troppo amabile Ma nei celeberrimi monologhi per la televisione – trasmessi dalla BBC nel 1987 affidati all’interpretazione delle più grandi attrici inglesi da Julie Walters a Maggie Smith oltreché dell’autore stesso – Ben.
Read Talking HeadsNes But the Bridge Theatre less than three years old and with links to The National Theatre Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett is spacious and adaptable so they have started staging pairs of Talking Heads They ve ripped out 75% of the seats there s no interval and veryone is masked throughout xcept the two actors who perform separately It s not financially viable it s about morale than money After months where the only public indoor space I ve been is the supermarket and recently hairdresser my xcitement was tinged with anxiety As we walked into the auditorium this is what we sawImage Bridge Theatre as the audience took their seats for a Covid safe performance of two Talking Heads monologues 7 September 2020 We sat in intimate isolation amid loss a missing row in front a missing row behind and seats to our left and right were absent Tragically aptWhen the lights went down it felt as if the two of us were alone with the actor So much so that at times I wanted to reach out and touch her hand consolingly xcept I ve been conditioned out of such gestures in recent months The Shrine performed by Monica DolanThis is a new one for 2020 It s not one of my favourites but that may be because it s not yet as familiar I saw it on TV before the stage and haven t read it but also because the nding was something of an anticlimax When Lorna s birdwatching biker husband dies she visits the site of the fatal collision Rather than reaching closure she cultivates it as a shrine with flowers a seat and a schedule of rituals It was no surprise when one day she finds flowers left by someone lse Bed Among the Lentils performed by Lesley ManvilleIt was originally performed by Maggie Smith known to many as Professor McGonagall Dowager Countess of Grantham andor Bennett s The Lady in the Van Manville made it her own though The Sermon was about Grantham andor Bennett s The Lady in the Van Manville made it her own though The Sermon was about I didn t actually nod off though I have heard it before Marriage gives the OK to sex is the gist of it but while it is far from being the be all and nd all you can say that again sex is nevertheless the supreme joy of the married state and a symbol of the relationship between us and God So Geoffrey concludes when we put our money in the plate it is a symbol of verything in our lives we are offering to God and
that includes our sex I could only find 10p Susan is married toincludes our sex I could only find 10p Susan is married to vicar but is unsuited to the role she s not a fan of God or attending church as she says if her husband were a barrister she wouldn t have to attend court submits to occasional dessicated couplings with him and has no skill or interest in flower arranging which her husband s fan club treat as a competitive sport Mrs Shrubsole S FOREST MURMURS ESPECIALLY SHE S LONELY BORED AND Forest Murmurs specially She s lonely bored and there s no mention of a previous career nor children She seeks solace in predictable and then less predictable ways One secret is revealed and another remains hidden Salvation is prompted by one worked at by another and credit for both is claimed by another Ultimately the most Christian characters are not those who would claim the label The only preference I have is to shove my chrysanthemums up her nose but instead I practise a bit of Christian forbearance and go stick them in a vase by the lectern Image Monica Dolan left and Lesley Manville right in 2020 TV productions Source Read and watchBackground to and history of the series HERE including a list of titles with a plot situation summary of achDepending what country you live in you can find video or audio of individual monologues broadcast by BBC or PBS See the Wiki link above for a list of the titles and Google them individuallyIt s best to read or watch no than two at a time. Dibattere serissimamente con la madre se l’anziano – ma decisamente vitale – spasimante di lei sia o non sia «un tipo da copriteiera» poi a prendere atto che «abbiamo già superato la fase copriteiera» O a Lesley l’agguerrita attrice della Sua grande occasione che avendo fatto notare a un attrezzista di ssere stata scelta perché ualcuno si ra accorto delle sue idee molto precise sulla parte si sente seraficamente rispondere «Più che altro si sono accorti che hai un giropetto di novantacinue centimetri?. .