Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

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10th April to 13th April 2019 - 7.30pm

Venue: Leonard Dixon Studio

Presented by Festival Players

VENUE: Leonard Dixon Studio, Sir Robert Martin Theatre, Loughborough University



   £12 - Concessions

   £10 - Under 22

   £5 – Under 12

   Groups booking 10 tickets get an 11th ticket free.


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For the first time The Festival Players bring you three of Alan Bennett’s wonderful Talking Heads monologues:


A Lady of Letters, Bed among the Lentils and Her Big Chance were made famous on TV by Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters respectively.


In A Lady of Letters, Irene Ruddock's mother has died some years ago and she lives alone. A one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme, her habit of writing letters to the appropriate authorities gets ridiculously out of hand. She complains about the lack of care she assumes the child living opposite is receiving and ends up in prison.  There, ironically, Miss Ruddock finds freedom and is, for possibly the first time, happy.


In Bed Among the Lentils, Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper, distracts herself from her ambitious, and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God in the process.


In Her Big Chance meet Lesley, an actress who after a series of unpromising extra roles on television programmes such as Crossroads, has just completed a video ('targeted chiefly on West Germany') in which she plays Travis, a career girl who enjoys life, spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility.

"Diamond cut monologues...Several...instantly became cult classics...Mr. Bennett's work is too seldom seen on these shores." - The New York Times

"A touching and very funny playwright, Bennett manages to combine the satiric, cold eyed sharpness of Flaubert with an embracing human compassion." - The New York Post


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