Back to Green Room notice board Photographs of the production

Talking Heads


Alan Bennett

Directed by John Chidgey

11th - 14th October 2017

Alan Bennett's much-loved collection of monologues, giving us a glimpse into the lives of ordinary British people. Each tale gives us privileged access to the innermost thoughts of an individual, who, although we only hear his/her side of the story, frequently reveals more about him/herself than intended. The stories are poignant, sometimes sad, occasionally uplifting, and they all showcase Alan Bennett's powers of observation, comic timing and exquisite turn of phrase.

Her Big Chance
Lesley is an aspiring actress, who, after a series of unpromising extra roles on television programmes such as Crossroads, finds what she believes to be her big break as the adventurous Travis in a new film for the West German market. It is not clear to what extent Lesley understands the true nature of the film.

Bed Among the Lentils
Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper. She distracts herself from her ambitious, and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by seeing quite a lot of nearby grocer, Ramesh Ramesh the third.

Talking Heads first appeared on BBC TV in 1988 with Julie Walters playing Lesley and Maggie Smith playing Susan.

Rehearsal photographs

LesleyAlison Fleming
SusanBelinda Coghlan
Stage managerCelia Bonner
ASM/PropsDiana Boswell
Set buildBruce Williams
Lighting designChris Hills
LightingSteve Williamson
Sound designMark Seyler
SoundJohn Coghlan
WardrobePat Barrow
Rehearsal photographsJacob Samuel
House ManagerAl Fowkes, Shan Bristow
Ticket SecretaryHilary Pinnock
This play is sponsored by:
Chapel Interiors
"Designer Wallpapers to express your personality"
The 2017-2018 season is sponsored by:
SC & P Jones
Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists