Two short plays
'A Chip in the Sugar' and 'Bed Among the Lentils'
by Alan Bennett
'I really enjoyed this double-bill and would certainly recommend it. Loveday Smith…a sensitive and well-observed performance. Mark Winstanley heart-rending…and believable.’
Michael Hasted - Arts Talk Magazine
Now Available for Schools Bookings
Talking Heads has now completed a highly successful tour of the Netherlands. In September 2018 these two wonderful plays will tour schools. If you are interested in booking them for your school or venue, please get in touch.
Two comedy/dramas from Britain’s best loved writer, Alan Bennett. Bennett’s career spans TV, Film and Theatre. His play, The History Boys took home no fewer that 6 Tony Awards. His recent film The Lady in the Van starred Oscar-winning, Downton Abbey actress, Maggie Smith.
Bed Among the Lentils
Starring Loveday Smith
Vicar’s wife Susan is an atheist; and an alcoholic. Not exactly cut out for life in a quiet Yorkshire parish, she turns to an Indian shopkeeper for solace. To her surprise, solace is not the only thing on the menu, among the sacks of lentils.
Loveday Smith started her acting career in London’s West End, in theatre and musicals, working for directors like Sam Mendes and the late Sir Peter Hall. She has made many TV and film appearances including Coronation Street, Heartbeat and recently Hunter Street for Nickelodeon. QETC devotees will also remember her as loveable, good-time girl, Dolly, in One Man, Two Guvnors.
A Chip in the Sugar
Starring 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.
QETC's Artistic Director returns to the stage, having directed many of Bennett’s plays. A child-actor, Mark has played roles from Shakespeare to Sondheim. Musical highlights include playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Barrie Stevens. He recently filmed a small role in Lyrebird, a major film starring Guy Pearce. As well as voiceovers and directing, Mark is a character actor regularly performing for Mme. Tussaud’s, in English, French and Dutch.
Talking Heads first aired on BBC television in two series, being nominated for no fewer than thirteen BAFTA awards. Amongst the nominees were Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Patricia Routledge and Thora Hird, who won Best Actress BAFTAs for both her appearances. This production of “A Chip in the Sugar” and “Bed Amond the Lentils” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. Seen as classics of their genre they are studied in school and have had successful West End and New York theatre runs.