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Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Other: Post Show Discussions: Wed 20 and Fri 22 June
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Talking Heads: Graham, Peggy & Muriel

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, and then touring to every postcode across Leeds.

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Cast & Credits

Written by Alan Bennett / Directors James Brining, Amy Leach and John R. Wilkinson /

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    Cate Hamer
    as Susan
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    Vanessa Rosenthal
    as Irene
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    Marlene Sidaway
    as Doris


Book Tickets

Tue 19 Jun 18
02:00 PM
Captioned Performance
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Wed 20 Jun 18
07:45 PM
Thu 21 Jun 18
07:45 PM
Sat 23 Jun 18
02:30 PM
Audio Description Performance
Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for 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

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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