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What's on: Talking Heads, Oswaldtwistle, Friday June 29
A TRIO of local actresses are bravely taking on some of the nation’s best-loved monologues.
Clare Highton, Gayle Knight and Sophie Fitzpatrick, all members of Oswaldtwistle Players, will be performing three of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads pieces on Friday.
The monologues, A Lady Of Letters, Bed Among the Lentils and Her Big Chance and were made famous by performances by top actresses Patricia Routledge, Dame Maggie Smith and Julie Walters.
Each monologue comprises at least 16 pages of dialogue to learn, solo.
And the performance will come just seven days after Gayle took part in the Olympic Torch realy through Lancashire.
Clare’s A Lady Of Letters is the story of a working class single woman, not afraid to speak – or rather write – her mind, in letters to her MP, the police and anyone else she feels can put social ills right.
But her accusations land her in prison.
For Sophie, Her Big Chance tells of an aspiring actress, who believes she has landed her big break in a new film – little does she realise what she has landed herself in.
And Gayle’s performance, A Bed Among The Lentils follows an alcoholic vicar’s wife in her self discovery, thanks to an affair with a grocer.
She said: “Even though I’ve been in many plays and had lots of lines to learn before, there is nothing quite so hard as learning monologues and these are epic ones.
“Sixteen pages might not seem a lot but when it’s all one speech it’s quite daunting, and it’s made harder by knowing how well they were performed by such amazing actresses as Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters.”
Friday’s one-night only performance is a fundraiser for Oswaldtwistle Players and the Civic Arts Centre.
*Talking Heads, Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, Friday, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6, concessions £5. Call 01254 398319 to book.