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A Cream Cracker Under the Settee 

Doris, aged seventy-five, is a tidy woman - and when she suffers a fall after trying to clear up after her considerably less thorough home help, Zulema, it becomes apparent that her ... See full summary »

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Doris, aged seventy-five, is a tidy woman - and when she suffers a fall after trying to clear up after her considerably less thorough home help, Zulema, it becomes apparent that her constant nagging may have been responsible for her husband's early death. Alone and injured, she wonders whether the only place left for her in society is a care home which she distrusts. Resisting this with all her being, she decides she'd rather die on her own in considerable pain than live in a care home 'smelling of pee'. Written by Anonymous

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24 May 1988 (UK)  »

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Brilliant Bennett!!
11 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wonderful writing performed by a veteran actress as good as any Oscar winner (in fact better than most). Bears repeated viewings and never palls. Thora Hird had been around since the Thirties and was a fine character actress always good, sometimes excellent in many small roles in British movies. The combination of Alan Bennett's supremely competent and assured writing and her talent make this thirty minute monologue a treat to watch. The observation obvious in the dialogue (a lot of which is actually unsaid-see it to understand what I mean) is a revelation to anyone interested in the art of writing. Bennett is the best at what he does and is always a joy to experience. The standard is as high at he first of the series as it is at the end. Beautiful work, beautifully performed.


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