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.