Back in November last year, I was a little disappointed with Alan Bennett's 'People', a play that also proved disappointing to others if the reaction of one particular correspondent is anything to go by. But this absorbing double-bill returns us to familiar Bennett territory. First performed in 2001, 'Hymn' is a kind of curtain-raiser of 30 minutes duration, which takes a look at the part music played in Alan Bennett's childhood. Read more
Featuring the two autobiographical recollections. HYMN is a 'touching memoir' of music in childhood, with words by Alan Bennett and an' evocative score' by George Fenton. COCKTAIL STICKS 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.