BTP Presents: Talking Heads July 20 to 29
Tickets online from 23 June 2018: Adult $20,30; Concession $18.30; Group 20+ $17.30. Written by British playwright Alan Bennett, author of many well-known works including ‘Lady in the Van’, ‘The History Boys’ and ‘The Madness of George III’, the ‘Talking Heads’ series of one-act plays were first produced for BBC TV in the 1980s. Amusing and witty, with a touch of pathos, the four monologues chosen by director Jenny Kohlhagen for inclusion in our July 2018 production give us an insight into the mindset of four very different women. ‘Soldiering On’ features Ursula ‘Nik’ Nixon, well known to our local audiences from her many appearances on our stage, including in the unforgettable ‘Shoehorn Sonata’. Nik’s character Muriel is recently widowed and evolves to be a master of self-deception and moral blindness. We encounter someone we all know in ‘A Cream Cracker Under the Settee’, as Jenny Grinlinton, who we last saw on stage in the 2016 production of ‘Forget Me Not’, plays the elderly Doris. Doris is determined to remain in her own home rather than be ‘put away in a nursing home’. Doris, however, is disillusioned with the home help that has been arranged by the council to enable her to manage at home. Narrell Murdoch is Susan, the vicar’s wife in ‘Bed Among the Lentils’ – a woman with a lot to hide from her husband and his parishioners. Susan’s tragic story is not without moments of hilarity! Narrell has performed in many BTP productions, including roles in ‘Annie’ and ‘Minefields and Miniskirts’ in recent years. Recipient of multiple CATS nominations and awards for her theatre work, Candy Burgess will entertain you as ‘A Lady of Letters’ - a woman who has taken the concept of neighbourhood watch to the extreme. In this final monologue, our ‘Lady of Letters’, Irene Ruddock will amuse and delight you as she draws you into her world.