A series of monologues, funny and poignant, normally from two to four of these would be performed at a time. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee
tells of an old woman who has a fall, but her pride doesn't allow her to accept help. Bed Among the Lentils
tells of a woman with a drink problem, married to a vicar who exploits her recovery actually caused by an affair with an Indian shopkeeper. A Lady of Letters
is the story of a woman obsessed with writing letters of complaint and reporting her neighbours who eventually finds comfort in prison. Soldiering On
is the tale of a well-to-do woman who finds one day that she's a widow and her husband has left her ill equipped to handle her own affairs - and her son loses her money in bad investments. A Chip in the Sugar
- Middle-aged Graham finds life becoming complicated when his mother, or "Mam", with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame. Lady of Letters
- Irene is a one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme and her habit of writing letters gets ridiculously out of hand. A Cream Cracker under the Settee
- 75 year-old widow Doris, obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence, has a fall that decides her future. Made famous by Thora Hird in the original TV series.Performers David Birrell (A Chip in the Sugar), Cathy Tyson (A Lady of Letters), Sue Wallace (A Cream Cracker under the Settee).
Author Alan Bennett. Producer Octagon Theatre Bolton. Director Ben Occhipinti.