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A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre.

Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own. But when they do, finally, have cocktail parties, they are not at all what his mother would have envisaged....

Alan is played by Alex Jennings and Alan Bennett, supported by the original National theatre cast of Gabrielle Lloyd, Jeff Rawle, Sue Wallace and Derek Hutchinson.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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  • 09-10-18

ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

After listening to this account of Alan’s parents and the mental illness of depression which his mother Lilian suffered so badly, I gained a whole new respect for Alan Bennett. He writes with kindnes, thoughtfulness, clarity and truth, as well as dealing with the still stigmatised illness “depression” with a tenderness that can become lost when someone close to you, such as your mother is a sufferer, and relations can be become brittle because you too suffer when you become ‘the carer’ and as Bennett admits, “he shuck his mother so hard and for so long when telling her to come to her senses” that it must have hurt her. He confronts his relationship with his parents with love and an openness most simply would not wish to face. I am not a Bennett fan and the 2 other audio plays I purchased, I returned for a refund. But this one I will keep. I like the tenderness with which he writes.

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  • 07-01-17

required reading

Alan Bennett can do no wrong..He catches the souls
of the people he writes about.

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