Octagon Theatre Bolton announces casting for Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’

The Octagon Theatre Bolton has today announced casting for Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, the closing production of the 2016-17 season, which runs from Thursday 8 June to Saturday 8 July, 2017.

Nearly 30 years after being aired on television, this is a rare chance to see three of the original Talking Heads live on stage. Showcasing the bittersweet tales of seemingly ordinary and uneventful lives, these beautifully observant monologues explore the sublime in everyday circumstances.


A Chip in the Sugar

Returning to the Octagon Theatre after his triumphant role in Educating Rita, David Birrell (Wind in the Willows, Theatre Royal Plymouth and National Tour; The War Has Not Yet Started, Drum Theatre; The Royal, ITV) takes on the role of Graham, a middle-aged man who lives with his ‘mam’. When his mother reunites with an old flame, though, things get a little more complicated…


A Lady of Letters

Star of the world premiere of Winter Hill at the Octagon Theatre, Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa; Band of Gold, ITV)  returns to play the role of Irene, a one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Her habit of writing letters eventually gets ridiculously out of hand and results in extraordinary consequences.


A Cream Cracker under the Settee

Having performed on stage and on television, including in Dinnerladies and Coronation Street, Sue Wallace (Husbands and Sons, The National Theatre; Billy Liar, Royal Exchange Theatre; Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre) makes her debut at the Octagon Theatre as 75-year old widow Doris. Obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence, Doris has a fall that decides her future.


Associate Director at the Octagon and director of Talking Heads, Ben Occhipinti commented:

Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ are incredibly iconic, and rightly so. They are true masterpieces of drama that have the power to evoke laughter, empathy, frustration, and tears. They make the ordinary extraordinary, and will be shared with our audiences by three phenomenal actors, David, Cathy and Sue. It is fantastic to be able to produce these monologues right here in the heart of Bolton and we can’t wait to invite our audiences in to see them.”


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