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Monologues are Not Monotonous
talking heads, alan bennett, charles cryer theatre, will harris

The wit and wisdom of the playwright, Alan Bennett, make his dramas incredibly immersive. He combines heartache with humour, experience with imagination, and his ability to pick out all the little ironies of life have brought about a rich supply of fabulous radio, television, and stage plays.

One of this most standout works is Talking Heads, a series of dramatic monologues written for BBC television in 1988 and 1998. I was too young to see their debut on screen, but have since heard a few episodes on radio. My favourite has to be a Lady of Letters, narrated by Patricia Routledge. She plays a woman called Irene, who is the neighbourhood busybody, snoop, and tattle tale. She writes frequent letters to her local MP, and other people about town, voicing her views about anything and everything.

This, and three other episodes from Talking Heads are about to take to the stage in a new major production, directed by Will Harris. Between 19th-22nd June, the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre in Sutton will show performances of Chip in The Sugar, A Lady of Letters, Bed Among The Lentils, and Her Big Chance. Comic, poignant, and thought provoking, you'll be left with a tear in your eye, a twinge on your lips, and the urge to hit the high street and buy the originals on DVD.

The show starts at 8pm each night and tickets cost 11 or 9 for concessions.
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When: 19th-22nd June
Phone: 020 8770 6990
Where: Charles Cryer Studio Theatre
Cost: 11 adult, 9 concessions
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