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The Festival Players – Talking Heads

10 April - 13 April 2019

19:30 - 22:00

Leonard Dixon Studio Robert Martin Theatre, Loughborough

The Festival Players - Talking Heads

Enjoy a night at the theatre with The Festival Players

Please note, this event has been organised by a third party to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

For the first time The Festival Players bring you three of Alan Bennett’s wonderful Talking Heads monologues:
A Lady of Letters, Bed among the Lentils and Her Big Chance were made famous on TV by Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters respectively.
In A Lady of Letters, Irene Ruddock's mother has died some years ago and she lives alone. A one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme, her habit of writing letters to the appropriate authorities gets ridiculously out-of-hand and lands her in prison. There, ironically, Miss Ruddock finds freedom and is, for possibly the first time, happy.
In Bed Among the Lentils, Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper, distracts herself from her ambitious, and, as she sees him, vainly-insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by conducting an affair with a nearby grocer, Ramesh Ramesh, discovering something about herself and God
In Her Big Chance meet Lesley, an actress who, after a series of unpromising extra roles on television programmes such as Crossroads, has just completed a video spends a remarkable amount of time topless and shoots a man with a harpoon gun. She tells all, blind to the sinister undertones of her story as well as to her own self-delusions and gullibility. 
"A touching and very funny playwright, Bennett manages to combine the satiric, cold eyed sharpness of Flaubert with an embracing human compassion." - The New York Post


  • £14
  • £12 - Concessions
  • £10 - Under 22
  • £5 – Under 12

£1 from each ticket transaction will be donated to Rainbows. There will also be bucket collections at the end of each show and all money from these will be donated to Rainbows.


Leonard Dixon Studio Robert Martin Theatre, Epinal Way, Loughborough , LE11 3TU

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