6th March 2018
Without doubt when going to see anything by Alan Bennett you know the writing will be good. For Talking Heads, the question would be whether the production team and cast are up to the job. As the name implies - there is a lot of talk and not much in the way of action - would the team be able to keep the audience's attention for two hours with just three monologues? That's a lot of talking by the three cast members!
Added to this are pieces of furniture relevant to each story, so we begin with a bed and a kitchen chair for Graham in a Chip in the Sugar. Susan talks at a solid table in the vicarage kitchen for A Bed Among The Lentils. And finally Muriel sits in splendour in her armchair surrounded by the furniture of her country house in Soldiering On.
The three cast members Ross Waiton, Zoe Lambert and Judi Earl give jaw-achingly funny, and heartbreakingly believable, portrayals of Grahame, Susan and Muriel as they negotiate their own individual life puzzles. Three beautiful depictions of the sadness and resilience of human nature in the face of a society that is at best indifferent and at worst antagonistic towards them.
It plays until Sat 10th March.