Talking Heads - 3rd May 2013

Following the excellent reception at the Exeter Northcott and other venues in Devon last year, The Uncommon Players are proud to be representing:

Talking Heads     by Alan Bennett                                                                                                                                                                

As the lives of three women are prised open, their joys and foibles as human beings are unwittingly revealed in this blackly comic and poignant production that reveals the truths lurking under the surface of ‘Britishness’. Audiences will enjoy an intensely personal and private tour of their lives, as the beautiful craftsmanship of Bennett’s writing sensitively navigates the recognizable ridiculousness found in the mundane and the familiar. 

In A BED AMONG THE LENTILS we meet Susan (Imogen Smith) a vicar’s wife for whom a taste for sherry and a dalliance with a local corner shopkeeper help alleviate the tedium. Community stalwart Muriel (Jenny Start) organizes people and events, including her own husbands’ funeral, with military precision in SOLDIERING ON. And in A CREAM CRACKER UNDER THE SETTEE we meet Doris (Janet Hookway) who is fastidiously clean and defiant about going into a home. 

The pieces provide audiences with the opportunity to see local actresses performing great material for older women, as the monologues place the often sidelined or supporting character of the older woman quite literally centre stage.

This thoroughly British fare is directed by Anthony Richards, director of Common Players with whom he has created over 20 new performance works. His most recent work with the Uncommon Players was a critically acclaimed production of Endgame by Samuel Beckett  at the Bike Shed Theater, Exeter.  The play ran for eleven near sell out performances in February this year.

The Uncommon Players are a Devon-based open mix of theatre artists who bring audiences high quality theatre bursting with fresh local ingredients.  Information, photos and video at 

Tickets:  £7.50 (online) or £7.00 from Kentisbeare Post Office

Bar open from 7.00pm    Performance    7.30pm

Alan Bennett has proved himself a master of the modern dramatic monologue… 

One of the finest dramatic achievements of the past few decades.”


© Alan Boxer 2020