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Hymn and Cocktail Sticks archiveHymn - Alan Bennett writes: ?In 2001 the Medici Quartet commissioned the composer George Fenton to write a piece commemorating their thirtieth anniversary. George Fenton appeared in my play Forty Years On and has written music for many of my plays since, and he asked me to collaborate on the commission. Hymn was the result. First performed at the Harrogate Festival in August 2001, it's a series of memoirs with music. Besides purely instrumental passages for the quartet, many of the speeches are under-scored, incorporating some of the hymns and music I remember from my childhood and youth.' Hymn is coupled with Cocktail Sticks, an oratorio without music that revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett's memoir A Life Like Other People's. A son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life. It's funny, tender and sad. The pinnacle of my social life is a scrutty bit of lettuce and tomato and some tinned salmon. Mind you, I read in Ideal Home that if you mix tinned salmon with this soft cheese you can make it into one of those moussy things. Shove a bit of lemon on it and it looks really classy.

Author Alan Bennett.

Archive listings for Hymn and Cocktail Sticks

Work type: Play.

Untold Stories - T198910338

Producer The Watermill. Music George Fenton. Director Tom Attenborough. Design Francesca Reidy. Lighting Colin Grenfell. Sound Simon Slater. Performer Roger Ringrose (Alan Bennett). Performer Richard Gibson (Dad). Performer Lucy Tregear (Mam). Performer Kate Robson-Stuart (Ensemble). Performer Harry Napier (Ensemble).
5 May 16 to 11 Jun 16The Watermill Theatre, Newbury :: V733
listing details L962621733

Sunday Double Bills - T1622393113

Running time: 2hrs 15mins inclu. 45min intervalPerformer Alex Jennings (Alan Bennett). Company Southbank Sinfonia (Hymn). Sound Mike Walker (Hymn). Music George Fenton (Hymn). Director Nicholas Hytner (Cocktail Sticks). Design Bob Crowley (Cocktail Sticks). Lighting Tom Snell (Cocktail Sticks).
16 Dec 12 to 17 Mar 13Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
listing details L02019088461

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