Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
November 27th to December 2nd
Betty Asfalt Complex, Amsterdam Centre.
QETC's long association with the work of Alan Bennett continues with two of his best- loved monologues. Both blend comedy with Bennett's customary, razor-sharp insights into human nature and British society.
A Chip in the Sugar Performed by Mark Winstanley
Graham is a mild, middle-aged man who still lives with his ageing, widowed mother. His humdrum existence is jeopardised however when her old flame, Mr. Turnbull, appears on the scene. The future looks bleak for Graham, but an unexpected visitor gives him the opportunity to restore the status quo.
A Lady of Letters Performed by Polly Perkins
Miss Ruddock is a busy-body, whose letter writing gets her into hot water. Though warned to lay down her pen, she can't resist reporting her new, young neighbours to social services. Her false accusations make her the subject of intervention by the authorities, and she finally finds happiness in the most unexpected way.
Talking Heads first aired on BBC television in two series, being nominated for no fewer than thirteen BAFTA awards. The nominees featured, amongst others, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Patricia Routledge and Dame Thora Hird who won Best Actress BAFTAs for both her appearances. Seen as classics of their genre they are studied in school and have had successful West End and New York theatre runs.
QETC's recent production of Bennett's The History Boys was the Netherlands' premiere and enjoyed an extended sellout run, with TimeOut reviewing it as a "grade A production". QETC returns to the intimate Betty Asfalt Theatre, where in 2011 they presented Edinburgh Best Solo performer, Caroline Horton in her self-penned play about her French grandmother, CHRISSY.