It was an art form developed in the Victorian Music Halls where artists like Stanley Holloway made it into a working class culture. Young and old in pre-war days memorised their favourites like ‘The Lion And Albert,’ ‘Sam Small’ or ‘The Runcorn Ferry’ and they became a powerful morale booster on the home front during the war.
Despite ‘Albert’ being written by a Scotsman and performed by a Londoner, it was always performed in a Northern accent and fittingly, made its debut in front of a Tyneside audience.
My monologues’ original Geordie texts are sometimes cleaned up so they can be understood by the rest of the world - and sometimes converted into Lancashire or Yorkshire dialects to suit various performers.
Whether it’s because the Northern dialect makes comedy sound funnier or Northern humour travels well is yet to be decided. In keeping with tradition, and drawing inspiration from the entertainment that packed the halls before television, ‘Fairly Truthful Tales’ recreates and refreshes the art of the comedy monologue or recitation.
Encouraging older audiences and readers to value their own memories whilst enriching the cultural life of the young, ‘Fairly Truthful Tales’ ensures a vivid part of our comedy heritage is not lost.
“I love these monologues. Great to see another collection”Peter Kay
“If laughter is the cure for all ills then this should be available on prescription. Like the traditional monologues, once heard they become treasured memories” Bill Maynard
A few examples of Fairly Truthful Tales taken from the two books and CDs Click on the titles to read them