Nearing her 100th birthday, Violet learns she is about to receive a congratulatory telegram from the Queen. While she awaits its arrival, her mind wanders back to the circumstances of the last telegram she got from a monarch.
Violet is in a home nearing her 100th birthday and is told that she will receive a telegram from the Queen. Her memory is poor. She fails to recognise her son, Donald. She talks to a nurse Francis about this. Francis later dies of Aids related pneumonia.moreless
This monologue does a fantastic job of showing the trials and tribulations of old age, and also makes us face up to the reality that one day we too will be old.
The acting was excellent and the audience could empathise with Violet. The constant close up shots (called talking heads) could be quite daunting to some actors yet Thora Hird was superb in the role of Violet. In 1998 I was only 14 when I first saw Waiting for the Telegram.I could not connect with it and I dismissed it as just another programme about the elderly. I recently watched it again. This time I really understood how Violet felt and even felt a twinge of fear myself. Waiting for the Telegram was written over 12 years ago yet does not seem dated. It is a timeless classic.moreless
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