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Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
ISBN10: 0563523476 ISBN13: 9780563523475 DDC: 791 Edition: Audio CD; 2004-08-02


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.


  • Dewey Decimal: 791

Book Details

  • Physical Description: 4.9"x5.3"x0.2"; 0.2 lb
  • Edition Info: Audio CD; 2004-08-02


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