Smut, By Alan Bennett

 

These two "unseemly stories" are like the saucy seaside postcards of old, filled with oozing flesh and arched eyebrows, too clean-cut and cartoonish to be truly, lubriciously subversive. Mrs Donaldson is a sweet old lady who begins acting in role plays for medical students.

But this is not what gives her a new lease of life. It is the young tenants she takes on. Quicker than she can say "milk and two sugars", she finds herself sitting down to watch them Carry On in the bedroom in lieu of the rent they can't afford to pay.

Mrs Forbes is another sweet old lady from Middle England whose son is secretly gay except that everyone secretly knows, as this bedroom farce illustrates. This is smut with a nostalgic twist which will tickle you - and your mother.

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