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Talking Heads

by Alan Bennett

The Stevenage Lytton Players performed Talking Heads at The Lytton Theatre Stevenage from Thursday 18th July 2002, until Saturday 20th July 2002.

Three monologues from Alan Bennett's first Series entitled "Talking Heads"

Bed Among the Lentils

The narrative of an alcoholic vicar’s wife who has an affair with an Asian shopkeeper. Despite her wit, she is a figure of pathos, marooned in a marriage and a social role she hates but lacks the courage to do much about it.  However, it is exactly this type of character who “succeeds” in Bennett’s world, by using their unselfconscious egoism, energy and lack of imagination.

Performed by Rosemary Brown Directed by Linda Friis.

A Chip in the Sugar

Graham, a middle-aged bachelor, emotionally retarded and chronically dependent upon his mother, finds life very difficult, especially when Mother meets an old flame and seems set to marry him.  Graham’s old insecurities rear their ugly heads again but fate eventually rescues Graham who resumes his normal life of banal muddle, once again under the tyranny of his Mother.

Performed by Graeme Lloyd Directed by David Moorcroft.

Her Big Chance

Narrated by Lesley, an “actress.”  She has just completed a video targeted chiefly on West Germany in which she plays ‘Travis,’ (nothing to do with ‘Bob the Builder’), a career girl who enjoys life, spends huge amounts of her time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun.  She tells all, completely oblivious to the sinister undertones of her story. She is very self-deluded and also highly gullible.

Performed by Caroline Thorp Directed by Marilyn Palman.

About Alan Bennett:

Alan Bennett is a British actor, born in Leeds on 9th May 1934.  He has been a household name in British theatre ever since he starred in and co-authored the satirical review “Beyond the Fringe” with Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Miller in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival, later performed in the West End and New York before packed houses.  Soon after, Bennett turned his attention to writing plays for television.  His writing often focuses on the everyday and the mundane which includes the sea-side holiday, obsessions with class distinction and sexual repression.

As well as for Stage and TV, Bennett has also written for Film and Radio.

Read more about Alan Bennett.