Talking Heads
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Dates:  Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th April 2016
Venue:  Swan Theatre Studio
Review

Three of Bennett's Monologues

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 that she is appearing in a soft pornographic film.

A Chip in the Sugar is about Graham, a closeted middle−aged man with a history of mild mental health problems who finds his life upended when his aging widowed mother, on whom he dotes, is reunited with an old flame who is his exact opposite. When he unearths a secret about the man's past, he triumphantly confronts his mother with the information and restores the status quo and his comfortable life but destroys her chance of happiness in the process.

Cream Cracker under the Settee: Doris is a widow living alone in the house she shared with her late husband since their marriage. Reliant on outside help but fiercely independent, she has fallen and injured herself. Whilst she waits vainly for help, she shares some of her thoughts on life and love and her own disappointments. Although this is a moving and sad piece in places, it is never tragic because Doris is never tragic − just old.

Author:  Alan Bennett
Director:  Marc Dugmore

“His finest achievement − indeed masterpiece wouldn't be too strong a word ” Daily Telegraph