An Evening of Talking Heads
28/05/20 - 06/06/20
“Vivid, wry, psychological X-rays of individuals who don't even know they are being examined” – NY Times
In these compelling pieces, Bennett displays the wry observation, knowing irony and tender understatement that have ensured his rightful place at the forefront of contemporary writing. Each tale gives us privileged access to the innermost thoughts of an individual, who, although we only hear her side of the story, frequently reveals more about 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.
“A Bed Among the Lentils” follows Susan, an unhappy vicar’s wife seeking solace in the arms of the local Asian grocer. Irene is “A Lady of Letters” whose sharp correspondences create more social ills than they aim to solve. And there’s Lesley, an aspiring actress who has just been offered “Her Big Chance” playing the adventurous Travis in a new film for the West German market.
By Alan Bennett
This amateur production of “Bed Among the Lentils”, “Her Big Chance” and “A Lady of Letters” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd