Thora Hird in Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee
Alan Bennett's - Cream Cracker under the Settee
Ethyl Bromide is a series of sixteen, ten minute monologues. In the writing style of Victoria Woods 'Kitty' and Alan Bennets 'Cream Cracker Under The Settee'.
A Cream Cracker under the Settee
‘Cream Cracker under the Settee’ is a monologue of a character named Doris, who is in her 70’s and is coming to the end of her life. She fell whilst cleaning a picture of her and her husband Wilfred on their wedding day, and the play is mostly set in her living room, where she fell. The writer, Alan Bennett, reveals a lot about old age through Doris. She portrays the typical old lady, who uses diction that wouldn’t be heard in this day and age. Many old people have petty concerns that they obsess over; Doris has a petty concern over cleanliness and hygiene. Throughout the play, the author hints at Doris’s obsession and at how nothing is up to her standards. Alan Bennett also uses Doris, to depict how old people often disapprove of how things happen nowadays.
p In the dramatic monologue A cream cracker under the settee , Alan Bennett puts forth his views on the society 's treatment of the elderly and the consequences thereof . He accomplishes this by describing an elderly lady 's view of the world and her loneliness . The play starts with Doris , the elderly lady sitting on the floor of her living room She has fallen down while cleaning the photo of her late husband Wilfred . She strongly believes that the world of her time is much better than the present . She feels that people of her time were cleaner and more responsible than the people of today . This shows why she disapproves her domestic help , Zulema , who had not cleaned the photo in the first place . She enjoys her old memories and the lovely time she had with her husband as can be seen by the way she talks to her dead husband 's old photographs . This also shows that she is lonely and misses company . She feels she is left behind ' by the people of her generation . This loneliness can also be attributed to the lack of self-understanding and the understanding of others . Through the entire play , Doris attempts to alienate herself from the so-called corrupt society of todayDoris has a compulsive obsession with cleanliness . In her younger days she had forbidden her husband Wilfred from taking up any hobbies that could be messy . When they were younger , they had a baby that died during birth . The nurse had wrapped the baby in news , which according to Doris was dirty . This reveals that she did not want her child , even though dead , to be associated with anything dirty . She is very concerned about what her others would say if she is not spotlessly clean . This can be seen when the leaves from the next door blow into her garden and she says I ought to put a sign on the gate , not my leaves . She was scared that other her neighbors may not think high of her hygiene and so she asked her husband Wilfred to concrete the garden so that it would be easier to cleanWhile Doris is on the floor , she looks at her wedding photo and talks to her husband about her loneliness and how she was happier in her days Her happiness in her younger days could be due to various reasons and one of the important reasons would be the ruler of... Highlights of the first series in 1987 included Thora Hird in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and A Chip In The Sugar, the role that Bennett himself played.Bennett’s play ‘A Cream Cracker Under The Settee.’ (A Cream Cracker) is a monologue. Monologue is a Greek word, mono, meaning one and logue, meaning to speak or talk. Doris is a character in her seventies, and the only speaker in the play. Advantages of this are, you get to know the character - Doris - very well, this makes the play easier to follow, also with just one speaker more interesting stories can be told. But having one speaker could also be a disadvantage, this is because the play relies heavily on one performance, which after a while could get tedious. Bennett employs the technique to make the play more interesting, it helps us to understand more.Alan Bennett, Talking Heads. A Bed Among The Lentils, A Cream Cracker Under The Settee, Lady of Letters and Soldiering On. A teaser trailer for the upcoming ...