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Get Me the Urgent Biscuits: An Assistant's Adventures in Theatreland Kindle Edition
'A sparkling memoir ... A delight from start to finish' NINA STIBBE
'Anyone who loves the theatre will love this book' ZOË WANAMAKER
In 1980s London, Sweetpea Slight is en route to drama school when she is snapped up to work as an assistant to the maverick theatre producer Thelma Holt. Full of wit, charm and backstage intrigue, her irresistible memoir of the resulting twenty years is at once the poignant story of a young woman coming of age, and an exhilarating journey down the rabbit hole into the enchanting world of theatre.
A sparkling memoir [that evokes] the rougher glamour of backstage life ... With its anecdotes, backstage intrigue and charming portrait of a young woman navigating theatre's enchanting parallel worlds, Get Me the Urgent Biscuits should find itself a wider audience to amuse -- Victoria Segal ― SUNDAY TIMES
A superbly written and moving account of one woman's efforts to understand the world and her own place in it ... Part of its beauty comes from the air of sadness that hangs over it ... In the end, this is a story about learning who you are by pretending to be other people -- Mark Mason ― DAILY MAIL
As this sparkling memoir reveals, it was a heady life of first nights, famous actors, mad deadlines and long, underpaid hours ... But as the years pass, she realises that the long hours, poor pay and her conflicted sexuality are making her unhappy and this adds a dash of melancholy to the deliciously entertaining froth ... Sweetpea's sobering honesty transforms this hugely enjoyable memoir into something more poignant and serious -- Eithne Farry ― SUNDAY EXPRESS
Sweetpea's memoirs catch beautifully (and without malice) London theatreland's engaging resilience ... I loved this book for its selfless, slightly dazed sketch of the clattering chaos of theatre production -- Quentin Letts ― DAILY MAIL Books of the Year
An utterly beautiful description of what it's like to move to London, and come to terms with your changing ambitions as well as yourself -- Mark Mason ― THE SPECTATOR Books of the Year
A charming memoir about offstage theatrical shenanigans ... Get Me the Urgent Biscuits is an elegy for a London that is wholly lost ... [It] contains a number of enchanting thespian vignettes -- Roger Lewis ― THE TIMES
Sweetpea, like Alice following the White Rabbit into the hole, takes us on an extraordinary adventure in theatrical wonderland. An insight into the theatre world which she shares with the reader with such ease and charm. The successes, the failures, but most of all the characters, and her homage to the wondrous Thelma Holt, who takes her on her fantastic journey. Anyone who loves the theatre will love this book. A must -- Zoë Wanamaker
This glorious description of the maverick flame-haired theatre impresaria Thelma Holt by her hapless, charming assistant Sweetpea Slight made me put the book down and laugh loud and long, sweeping away tears so I could carry on reading -- Anna Chancellor
Destined to become an instant classic. For the hardcore theatre buff, it has it all: a passion for performance, beautifully observed backstage howlers, celebrity gossip, devotion beyond the call of duty and, at its heart, a dazzling portrait of one of the great eccentrics of contemporary British theatre ... Get Me the Urgent Biscuits is an assured and ingenious conflation of autobiographical rite of passage, sharp character study and serious theatrical endeavour. It is also crying out to be adapted for the screen -- Nick Smurthwaite ― THE STAGE
The old French saying 'no man is a hero to his valet' gets a sprightly modern twist in Sweetpea Slight's memoir of working for formidable theatrical grande dame Thelma Holt ... Charmingly ditzy and packed with backstage gossip, this is a poignant account of coming of age in the theatre -- Jane Shilling ― DAILY MAIL Must Reads
Terrific memoir of working in the London theatre in the 1980s. Slight's job was lowly, but she has plenty of great anecdotes - not all of them particularly discreet ― READER'S DIGEST
The dazzling debut of a born storyteller. The book crackles with wit while knocking you sideways with its poignancy -- Anne Robinson
The uproarious memoir about the author's apprenticeship to maverick theatre impresario Thelma Holt. Slight was en route to drama school when Holt snapped her up, cancelled her RADA audition and changed her name to Sweetpea. Helen Mirren, Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman all have cameos. It's irresistible ― SAGA Magazine
Slight is brilliant at conveying the intoxicating world of theatre ... [A] triumph of a book -- Emily Bearn ― THE OLDIE
A treasure trove of who's who in theatre ... An utterly beguiling book, full of hilarious and tragic incidents. Absolutely wonderful, darling -- Claire Looby ― IRISH TIMES
Anyone who's ever dreamed of working in theatre will love Sweetpea Slight's memoir ... It's simply hilarious, darling ― GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Gloriously gossipy ... You'll love it, my darlings -- Sarra Manning ― RED online
The latent luvvie in me adored this piquant coming-of-age memoir -- Caroline Sanderson ― THE BOOKSELLER
A funny and poignant memoir of London theatreland in the 1980s and 1990s ... full of witty anecdotes ― TOWNSWOMAN --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01JLZKGU8
- Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (6 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1316 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1474605192
- Best Sellers Rank: 957,379 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It’s an interesting trip into the world of theatre and discovering how much goes into the production of a play - especially a touring production. There are also some insights into the characters of well-known actors (nice remembrances of the late Alan Rickman especially) but most of the reminiscences are kind as either natural discretion, or legal considerations, prevent the author from naming the ones that behaved badly.
The book is also a window into the world of flat-sharing in London in the eighties and nineties, with all it’s mess, fun, and surprises.
However my main problem with the story was a flatness in the writing style. It felt like it needed a bit more bounce and humour. I really expected to enjoy the stories far more than I did. I didn’t feel any regret when the book came to end so I feel three and a half stars is fair.