Talking Heads (II)



Talking Heads (II) by Alan  Bennett
Thursday 27 September – Sunday 30 September

Soldiering On
Her Big Chance
A Cream Cracker under the Settee

directed  by Adam Bambrough.
Soldiering On
Muriel is a strong woman, and always has been – a pillar of the community,
a regular charity worker, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; and looking
after her mentally ill daughter, Margaret, has fortified her resolve – so,
after  the death of her husband, Muriel is well-prepared to cope with the
crisis.  However, given her son’s ineptitude (or dishonesty) with money, and
the vile  secret behind Margaret’s illness, Muriel finds that she needs to
adapt in order  to ‘soldier on.’

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 Cream Cracker under the Settee
Doris, aged seventy-five, is a tidy woman — and when she suffers a fall
after trying to clear up after her considerably less thorough home help,
Zulema,  it becomes apparent that her constant nagging may have been responsible
for her  husband’s early death. Alone and injured, she wonders whether the
only place  left for her in society is a care home which she distrusts.
Resisting this with  all her being, she decides she’d rather die on her own in
considerable pain than  live in a care home ‘smelling of pee’.