Life behind the net curtains – on stage at Westacre

Irma Bullough as Miss Ruddock in A Lady of Letters
Irma Bullough as Miss Ruddock in A Lady of Letters
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Everyone knows an Irene and a Doris. Two repressed souls, both are trapped behind the net curtains of life in a fast disappearing society and reflecting the discomfort of a Britain changing beyond recognition.

Westacre Theatre brings you two tales of those on the margins of society in April when staging its second pairing of monologues from the Talking Heads series by Alan Bennett.

Lesley Mardle as Doris in A Cream Cracker under the Settee

Lesley Mardle as Doris in A Cream Cracker under the Settee

Each study is poignant, sad, but occasionally uplifting.

Through Bennett’s exquisite turn of phrase, powers of observations, and sharpness of wit, these monologues give us a very privileged insight to their innermost thoughts.

Although we hear only the character’s side of the story, they frequently reveal far more than they intend.

A working class woman, Irene Ruddock is a Lady of Letters – singularly unafraid to write her mind to remedy society’s ills around her as she perceives them. But an entirely unexpected consequence to one of her numerous letters results in her finally feeling truly free and completely happy.

A Cream Cracker under the Settee features the fiercely independent and hygiene-obsessed Doris who falls whilst tidying-up (what else?) leaving her alone and in pain.

She is totally isolated and wonders whether the only place left for her in society is a care home which she deeply distrusts and has always resisted wholeheartedly. So what should she do? Where should she live – and die?

Both plays are performed on Fridays and Saturdays, April 8-9 and then 15-16, starting at 7.30pm; you can make a whole evening of it by reserving a pre-performance supper too.

Online booking is at www.westacretheatre.com or by calling 01760 755800.