A Resounding Tinkle
by N.F. Simpson
Originally broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in July 1960
Rebroadcast on Radio 4 Extra 25th December 2012 as part of the 'Cue Eric Sykes' tribute.
Eddie Izzard introduces a slice of not-so-everyday suburbia by N.F. Simpson (1919-2011) the English playwright closely associated with the Theatre Of The Absurd.
A Resounding Tinkle typifies Simpson’s aversion to plot and establishes his talent for memorable one-liners and non-sequiturs. As with all of his subsequent work, the play demands absolutely straight delivery from actors. Such an approach fosters a conviction within the audience that the characters are living in a form of reality, where the formation of a government can be arranged via door-to-door enquiries. The extraordinary and impossible are treated as perfectly rational everyday events.
First performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957, A Resounding Tinkle has been described as both unstageable and absurd. The play apparently inspired the work of Peter Cook and Monty Python, and was one of Eric Sykes' favourite plays.
Charles Lefeaux's production proved how well a play like this can work on radio, rather than the stage. The medium can create its own worlds through sound and voices; concepts such as 'realism' and 'truth to life' seem insignificant.
The two actors, Guyler and Leggatt, come across as a perfectly ordinary middle-class suburban couple, treating absurd subjects as if they were daily occurrences. By such techniques they underlined the randomness of our existence: what we think of as "normal" might actually be "abnormal" in different socio-cultural contexts.
Stars Deryck Guyler, Alison Leggatt and Betty Hardy.
Thanks to the original uploader.
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