This splendid title showcases the combined talents of Alan Bennett, one of our foremost dramatists and writers, and Thora Hird, the celebrated and much-loved actor who died in 2003. It features an exclusive and unique recording, The Last of the Sun, that Thora made for BBC Audiobooks a couple of months before her death. A short piece written by Alan especially for Thora, The Last of the Sun is controversial and challenging, and yet it has all the pathos and tenderness that we expect of Bennett's writing. This performance, Thora's last, is very moving and memorable.
Accompanying The Last of the Sun are two best-selling Talking Head monologues, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and Waiting for the Telegram.
Also featured is a specially written introduction and postscript, in which Alan recalls the experience of knowing and working with Thora.
This is a fitting tribute to the talents of a pair who, in the course of their longstanding working relationship, combined drama and comedy to leave a legacy of unique work. Alan and Thora is sure to appeal to all Bennett and Hird fans.
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If you like Alan Bennett and Loved Thora Hird this is a really nice listen.
Any other Alan Bennett book to be honest his style of writing is very inspirational
I've always found Thora Hird to be like a relative, a nice Auntie someone who listens, and her and Alan Bennett had an amazing collaboration, two people who worked together perfectly.
A wonderful closing chapter to Thora Hirds career and life on the stage.
No I listened in 2 sittings but I will listen again at some point
I thought it was a very fitting tribute to Thora. I had never heard her last performance before and am very pleased that it was included in this tribute.
Yes it is a large bit of recent history
Thora was a treat to hear her voice
A true insight to a cleverly impish true lady
So true to life, Bennett creates super realistic characters and the stories and performance are touching, a delight to savour.
There simply wasn't enough of it!
The story lines, the way Alan Bennett gently explores characters and hints at their lives and the way the character's monologues are so beautifully acted by Thora Hird
Waiting for the telegram is one of the most poignant and beautifully written exploration of ageing and life I have heard . I am playing it to all my nursing students as it encapsulates many themes around caring for older people and how people see them is not necessarily who they are and have been
I have only listened to one previous recording with Thora Hird which was fab - a cracker under the settee. This is better as there is more of Thora
In waiting for the telegram the character's remembering her first love
I have listened to this time and again, something I rarely do
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