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Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series have proved a benchmark for both the television and stage monologue. This lecture examined Bennett's development of various monologue conventions, with influences ranging from Music Hall sketches to photography. Public and critical perception of his work will also be considered. Talking Heads' commercial success, for example, became a reactionary force, particularly evident in the second series which included stories of murderers, foot fetishists and paedophiles. Reception, however, was often based on expectations of the familiar, of more "gems from the master of the monologue".
Dr Kara McKechnie runs the BA in Theatre Dramaturgy at Leeds University. Her book Alan Bennett was published by Manchester University Press in 2007.
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8th May 2008