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Talking Heads - Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters archiveA series of monologues, funny and poignant, normally from two to four of these would be performed at a time. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee tells of an old woman who has a fall, but her pride doesn't allow her to accept help. Bed Among the Lentils tells of a woman with a drink problem, married to a vicar who exploits her recovery actually caused by an affair with an Indian shopkeeper. A Lady of Letters is the story of a woman obsessed with writing letters of complaint and reporting her neighbours who eventually finds comfort in prison. Soldiering On is the tale of a well-to-do woman who finds one day that she's a widow and her husband has left her ill equipped to handle her own affairs - and her son loses her money in bad investments. Playing Sandwiches - Wilfred is a parks attendant with a fondness for liquorice allsorts. After he befriends a seven-year-old girl and her mother on the bandstand, it starts to become clear why his employers can't trace his records. Lucian Msamati plays Wilfred Lady of Letters - Irene Ruddock spends her life dashing off letters of complaint. When she's not writing, she's keeping an eye on the couple opposite and a little girl with bruises. But when the police come by, it's Irene whose life is turned upside down. Imelda Staunton plays Miss Ruddock.


Lucian Msamati (Playing Sandwiches), Imelda Staunton (Lady of Letters)


Author: Alan Bennett
Director(s): Jeremy Herrin (Playing Sandwiches), Jonathan Kent (Lady of Letters)
Design(s): Bunny Christie, Luke Halls (video)
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Gareth Fry
Music: George Fenton
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Talking Heads - Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters

Talking Heads - Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters (Play) production archive for QTIX code T729691132. Details of all Talking Heads - Playing Sandwiches & Lady of Letters archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S5191

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28 Sep 20
31 Oct 20
Bridge Theatre
Inner London
Greater London

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