The Importance of Stories
Stories are important not so much for their oral history content but for the way in which they pass on principles of understanding. Nowadays people seek information from books and the Internet but the ability to be able to read the situations of life to bring out the conflict that makes stories and with it pass wisdom, is rapidly fading. In more oral culture, the ability to do this was common place and stories would then be told rich with imagery from sayings and dialogue, all with humour. This is the true Suffolk voice of the participants of the play – the play of the life of Bob and Doris. It is not stage managed, directed or acted out by actors who so often have such little understanding of our Suffolk lingo. This is the real thing. These are stories of experiences from the lives of Bob and Doris Ling as told naturally by themselves. They now entertain local communities in Village Halls and have raised thousands of pounds in so doing for charity.
Doris was born Doris Fryer at Slaughden End, Aldeburgh on 25th January 1920 and as a young girl went into service. Her parents raised eight girls and five boys in a cottage of two bedrooms and an attic.
Bob Ling was born on 26th February 1923 at Stone Common, Blaxhall and came from a family of four. His Father was a Maltster at Snape Maltings. At the age of 18 Bob volunteered for the Royal Navy.
I have called this ‘The Time of our Lives’ because these stories radiate fun. Fun from their interesting adventures as itinerant gravediggers, rubbing shoulders with Royalty and the Prime Minister on becoming the first caretakers of Snape Matings. Here, in their caretakers flat, they met and entertained the rich and famous many of whom keep in touch to this day.
Playing Time: 72 Minutes Published: December 2003
Product Code: NLDVD