Alan bennett talking heads pdf
The Complete Talking Heads by Alan BennettAlan Bennetts award-winning series of solo pieces is a classic of contemporary drama, universally hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity. In Bed Among the Lentils, a vicars wife discovers a semblance of happiness with an Indian shop owner. In A Chip in the Sugar, a mans life begins to unravel when he discovers his aging mother has rekindled an old flame. In A Lady of Letters, a busybody pays a price for interfering in her neighbors life.
First produced for BBC television in 1988 to great critical acclaim, the Talking Heads monologues also appeared on the West End Stage in London in 1992 and 1998. In 2002, seven of the pieces were performed at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles for a highly praised brief engagement, and in 2003 a selection of the monologues premiered in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre. These extraordinary portraits of ordinary people confirm Alan Bennetts place as one of the most gifted, versatile, and important writers in the English Language.
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In , seven of the pieces were performed at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles for a highly praised engagement. In , the Los Angeles production was staged Off-Broadway , at The Minetta Lane Theater with a few changes in casting and creative personnel, and replacement of one of its seven monologues. There are two series of Talking Heads , six monologues in each, along with an earlier play, A Woman of No Importance , which, while not released alongside Talking Heads , generally fits into the canon. Although the plays deal with a variety of subjects, there are certain recurring themes , such as death, illness, guilt and isolation. All of the characters are childless with the notable exception of Muriel in Soldiering On; Violet in Waiting for the Telegram is told she has a son, but she does not remember him. Most of the plays give some hint as to where they are set, mostly in Leeds , although not as Bennett stresses the "real" Leeds, but rather one that exists in his head.