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Letter to Thora Hird, - Congratulations on getting the part of Doris in our forthcoming production of "Cream Cracker Under The Settee".

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32 Holdenn St Star Studios Hollywood 12 Rengte Lane Farson Willoton WE1 456 Dear Thora Hird, Congratulations on getting the part of Doris in our forthcoming production of "Cream Cracker Under The Settee". As mentioned before you will be playing the role of Doris, a seventy-something independent women who is subversive in her desire to be kept in her home and receiving threats about being sent to Stafford House by her home helper, Zulema. Doris finds Zulema patronising because of her comments, but being a proud women she passes them off with sarcastic remarks, "They don't put people in Stafford House just for running round with the Ewbank." Doris says this when Zulema threatens to send her to Stafford House. Doris is over obsessed with cleanliness and accuses Zulema of only "half-dusting". Some props and clothes to be included are an old settee, wedding photos, various other living room furniture, a cream cracker and a broken photo of her and Wilfred to show how her life has been shattered. ...read more.


Some key moments to think about are; Doris's husband Wilfred, her accident cleaning the wedding photo and waiting for hep by the door. They will be directed as follows... She climbs the buffet and inspects the wedding photo, tutting to herself she makes a remark, "Home help. Home hindrance." She reaches over to wipe it with her hand when the buffet collapses and she falls down with the photo. The scene fades and she emerges after a pause leaning against the wall on the floor. She picks up the shattered photo and says, "Now, Wilfred" It's as though Doris actually believes that Wilfred is still with her in that picture and that she believes that he can hear what she is saying. She then goes on to say that she can "nip" he leg and feel nothing. The camera shows her doing this and Doris's facial expression is that of worry. She then pauses and looks up with a happy smirk on her face, she starts to remember things about Wilfred, his inventions etc. ...read more.


The music in this scene portrays a dramatic theme to the viewer. With the music still playing the lights fade, then come back to a dark hallway at the bottom of the stairs. The view is showing Doris slumped against the door with the letterbox above her head and some light shining in from a window on the door. The music gets quiet as she begins to talk, she looks over to where the pram used to be and remembers Wilfred's thoughts on the baby, "Just a craze, like the fretwork and allotment." She sighs and the scene fades. The writer of this story is trying to show that society is increasingly isolating the elderly and this is showing that trend through the eyes of a victim. Also how little things like gates banging and photos smashing can create a threatening and trapped environment for an elderly person. I hope this letter has helped you get a better understanding of your character; I look forward to seeing you on 25th April. ...read more.

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