Twists and Turns

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Stephen Baker – Appreciation

Stephen Baker

Through his collection of 10 minute monolgues, Stephen Baker conveys an astute insight into human behaviour. Taking everyday scenarios, he explores the motives and actions of various types of people he’s encountered in his life – one that brought him into contact with diverse peoples. His collection Twists and Turns is aptly titled, and could well apply to the other four monologue collections: Secrets , Reckoning, Brief Encounters and Against the Tide. All contain monolgues for men and women – although can no doubt be adapted as the performer/reader desires.
Six for the Road, is a collection of six sketches (variable lengths and number of actors) set in a pub.
He also has a piece, “The Waiting Man” in the TSL compilation, Relationships: 6 Monologues.
Stephen says he was inspired to write in this format by Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads. Irrespective of that, I’ve enjoyed reading Stephen’s pieces – more than I did Talking Heads. I could just see the situations evolving.