• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Cream cracker under the settee.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Cream cracker under the settee Good morning everyone, I would like to welcome you all to the first rehearsal of 'A cream cracker under the settee' starring Lisa Pattern who will be known as Doris in the monologue. Doris is shown as an isolated and lonely character, a woman that is strongly opinionated in what she says "I don't think their married, half of them." Doris is also critical of people "Yvonne, the funny daughter." In the first half of the monologue the audience are immediately aware of Doris' bad leg as she rubs it and already feel sympathetic for her. Doris' husband is also mentioned in the first half and hints of a baby they had together that did not live long. We will begin from the start of page eighty six Lisa. As you can see Doris begins by talking about the policeman, the line "The policeman comes past now and again." Would sound effective if said in a sad, quiet but sarcastic voice with the emphasis on "...now and again", Doris should say this slowly and quietly but still keeping the sarcastic tone. ...read more.

Middle

Wilfred will shown as a flashback, a flashback that appears above her right shoulder symbolising that he was important in her life and a good spirit. The flashback will be shown as a hazy cloud showing Wilfred. When the line: "At that pace, Doris?" is said it is to be slightly blurred and echoing so it sounds like a past memory in her head. Zulema is then mentioned as you can see; you as Doris are annoyed with this strict and selfish character. Doris does not like Zulema because she feels that Zulema is constantly trying to get her into Stafford house (an old person care home) To Doris Stafford house represents the end of her life, she knows that if she goes in she will not come out. It will be the end of her independence. When talking about Zulema 'regime', in a sarcastic manner, you use your fingers as inverted commas. When Doris explains what Zulema does and says a voice over is used for what Zulema says. ...read more.

Conclusion

She wants reporting." You are angry at Zulema because you feel she has not done her job properly. Looking further down the page Doris starts thinking about all the horrible things that she might encounter in Stafford house. She starts to spell out her feelings, "I am H.A.P.P.Y. I am not H.A.P.P.Y. I am un-H.A.P.P.Y. or I would be. I have decided to work on this part because it is of great importance in the monologue so far because it shows that Doris might be loosing it and going mad or that she wants her feelings to be known. The first and second 'H.A.P.P.Y' should be said loud but slow, as for the last one 'un-H.A.P.P.Y' that should start off loud but then your voice should quieten towards the end and sound sadder. The lighting could go duller at that point as well. Turning to page ninety the first real character actually appears on stage. We have recruited Gary Plod to play the part of the policeman Anthony Francis Wednesday 30th April 2003 C:\Documents and Settings\Anthony Francis\My Documents\GCSE Coursework\English - A Cream cracker under the settee.doc ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Alan Bennet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Alan Bennet essays

  1. A cream cracker under the setee , coursework

    The keep the play varied and fluent by moving Doris around the stage. Instead of watching Doris move around the rooms the directors used lights that they dimmed whenever the moved her around, the screen would fade to black which emphasises time.

  2. Cream Cracker Under the Settee

    Another reason why the audience feels sympathy for Doris is because she cares a lot about what people think of her. She thinks that people will judge her for having a dirty pathway.

  1. A Cream Cracker under the Settee

    ignorance, she decides herself, to clean her house, the outcome being a possibly broken leg "I can nip this leg and nothing". Wilfred was not a key protagonist within the book, but he is still expressed as a deeply important character is Doris' life, as she gives some views on his missions.

  2. A lady of letters and A cream cracker under the settee. In both of ...

    Bennett makes Doris and the audience claustrophobic, he does this to release the characters inner most feelings. Alan Bennett used the technique "go to black" in his monologues to divide up sections of the monologue. This gives us time to figure out what the character is up to and what his feelings are.

  1. A cream cracker under the settee

    Doris does not think Zulema is a good cleaner, "Which would be all right provided she did dust. But Zulema doesnt dust, she half dusts." Here Doris is complaining about Zulema. Alan Bennett wanted to show that people in society do not respect the elderly.

  2. How does Bennett arouse our sympathy for Doris in "A Cream Cracker under the ...

    The ewbank is out of bounds." Although Doris would not mock Zulema to her face, her witty humour is captured as she mocks Zulemas demeaning ways. This works especially well in the production as the tone in her voice changes as she mocks their patronising ways.

  1. What is 'A Cream Cracker under the settee' really about and how does it ...

    'The Ewbank is out of bounds' means if you use the Ewbank I'll send you to Stafford House. She gets cross when a little boy goes to the toilet in her garden. You can tell this by her shouting through the window. 'The cheek monkey. He is spending a penny.Hey'.

  2. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee'

    Bennett's portrayal of both the simplicity of everyday life and yet the problematic situations which an ordinary individual may need to conquer in the course of their life, are successfully captured in immense minutiae through the character of Doris. Doris, the narrator is a seventy-five old widow, who due to her painful past experiences has had inadequate living circumstances.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work