In it, Thora Hird portrays Doris, an old lady who has had a fall while dusting not being satisfied with the efforts of her home helpand then looks back over her life as she contemplates her predicament. Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in The title decided on was Beyond the Fringe — the idea being that the show reached a level the Fringe could not aspire to.
Dramatic monologue Save Dramatic monologue, also known as a persona poem, is a type of poetry written in the form of a speech of an individual character. Abrams notes the following three features of the dramatic monologue as it applies to poetry: A single person, who is patently not the poet, utters the speech that makes up the whole of the poem, in a specific situation at a critical moment […].
This person addresses and interacts with one or more other people; but we know of the auditors' presence, and what they say and do, only from clues in the discourse of the single speaker. The main principle controlling the poet's choice and formulation of what the lyric speaker says is to reveal to the reader, in a way that enhances its interest, the speaker's temperament and character.
However, the long, personal lyrics typical of the Romantic period are not dramatic monologues, in the sense that they do not, for the most part, imply a concentrated narrative. Poems such as William Wordsworth 's Tintern Abbey and Percy Bysshe Shelley 's Mont Blancto name two famous examples, offered a model of close psychological observation and philosophical or pseudo-philosophical inquiry described in a specific setting.
The conversation poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge are perhaps a better precedent. The genre was also developed by Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landonbeginning in the latter's case with her long poem The Improvisatrice. Dramatic monologues are a way of expressing the views of a character and offering the audience greater insight into that character's feelings.
Dramatic monologues can also be used in novels to tell stories, as in Mary Shelley 's Frankensteinand to implicate the audience in moral judgments, as in Albert Camus The Fall and Mohsin Hamid 's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Examples The Victorian period represented the high point of the dramatic monologue in English poetry.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 's Ulyssespublished inhas been called the first true dramatic monologue. Simon Stylites, all from the Poems ; later monologues appear in other volumes, notably Idylls of the King.
The former, usually regarded as the supreme expression of the growing scepticism of the mid-Victorian period, was published along with the latter in 's New Poems. Robert Browning produced his most famous work in this form.
While My Last Duchess is the most famous of his monologues, the form dominated his writing career. Other Victorian poets also used the form. Algernon Charles Swinburne 's Hymn to Proserpine has been called a dramatic monologue vaguely reminiscent of Browning's work.
Eliot 's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Gerontion.There's a short synopsis at the beginning of each monologue to assist the actor's preparation and execution. Some are trans-gender and non-age specific. All are meant to enhance the actor's craft.
A Cream Cracker Under the Settee. by Alan Bennett. A Cream Cracker Under the Settee. Alan Bennett. A Little Peace and Quiet.
Cream Cracker Under the Settee Audition Piece One I was glad when she’d gone, dictating. I sat for a bit looking up at me and Wilfred on the wedding photo. And I thought, ‘Well, Zulema, I bet you haven’t dusted the top of that.’ I used to be able to reach only I can’t now.
So I got. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee is one of six dramatic monologues being performed in two sets of three at West Yorkshire Playhouse from June, tickets cost ££ West Yorkshire Playhouse will be undergoing a major refurbishment starting this summer.
Like the previous Hird/Bennett monologue, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (BBC, tx. 24/5/), it was almost universally acclaimed, and it too won Hird a supremely well-deserved Best Actress BAFTA (her second of three). “ 'A Cream Cracker under the settee' is a monologue which was extracted from a series of monologues written by Alan Bennett for the BBC.
These monologues give the audience a window into the life of a variety of people that society often forgets. The title is Alan Bennett's challenge to the adage that "talking heads" make for bad TV. This groundbreaking series of dramatic monologues offers viewers an intimate look at the lives of seemingly.