Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene
- Venue: Courtyard Theatre
- Other: Post show discussions: Wed 20 and Fri 22 June
More Information on Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene
Six of Alan Bennett’s iconic monologues are presented at the Playhouse in a celebration of one of Leeds’ best-loved playwrights. Graham, Peggy & Muriel and Susan, Doris & Irene are standalone events; audiences can enjoy one or both, and in any order. An iconic collection of witty, poignant and insightful reflections,Talking Heads is the uplifting and heart-warming finale to the current season on our Courtyard stage.
Bed Among the Lentils
A Cream Cracker Under the Settee
A Lady of Letters
Susan is a vicar’s wife who doesn’t necessarily believe in God, Doris lives alone, fiercely determined to maintain her independence and Irene loves nothing more than to pen a perfectly crafted letter.
Talking Heads will be performed as the final production in the Courtyard before redevelopment.
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Cast & Credits
Written by Alan Bennett / Directors James Brining, Amy Leach and John R. Wilkinson /
- Cate Hamer
- Vanessa Rosenthal
- Marlene Sidaway
“ Talking Heads is a superlative anthology of intimate, poignant drama”
“ The show is a wonderful celebration of the language of Leeds”
“ geuinely superb [...] hits the audience with huge emotional power”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance