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"A Play What I Wrote"
on 24 February 2004
"A Play What I Wrote" -- the catchphrase of the late Ernie Wise of that wonderful double act -- Morecambe & Wise. But I don't think that Ernie ever wrote a play or sketch.
However Ronnie Barker of that other celebrated and highly popular double act - The Two Ronnies - has written a couple of plays. And since the 1960s he has written hundreds of monologues and sketches, totting up some half a million words.
In his book "ALL I EVER WROTE" are, word for word, almost all the scripts that Ronnie wrote. Regrettably copies of some of his early writings were not saved at the time and have been lost forever. What remains is delightful and thoroughly enjoyable and amusing. Most were televised and whilst reading those that we have seen on the small screen they can quickly and easily provide us with a mental picture in our minds.
The quiet, unassuming Ronnie Barker was able to perform the dozens of parts for us by slipping into the characters not only in his ability to change his voice and dialects but also with the remarkable changes of appearance, so that sometimes we needed to look carfefully and closely to be sure it was him.
Buy the book, settle down in a quiet corner and be prepared for an enjoyable time reading and visualising these fascinating and humourous writings.