Secrets, jealousy and a bed of lentils

Michelle Ellerington takes on the role of Susan inAlan Bennett's Talking Heads
Michelle Ellerington takes on the role of Susan inAlan Bennett's Talking Heads

ALAN Bennett’s acclaimed Talking Heads is being brought to the Broadbent Theatre by Old Forge Productions.

Bed Among the Lentils tells the story of Susan, a nervous vicar’s wife who enjoys a glass of wine, distracts herself from her ambitious and, as she sees him, vainly insensitive husband and his doting parishioners by meeting up with a nearby grocer, Ramesh.

As time goes on, she discovers something about herself and God in the process.

A Chip in the Sugar is about middle-aged man Graham, with a history of mild mental health problems, living with his mother in Leeds.

His life is dramatically disrupted when his mother, to whom he is effectively ‘married’, meets old flame Frank Turnbull after 52 years.

Graham becomes increasingly jealous as Mr Turnbull takes an ever-growing hold on his mother’s life, to the extent he proposes marriage – simultaneously suggesting Graham moves out of the house to a hostel. But Mr Turnbull is hiding a secret.

Michelle Ellerington and Andy Pontin perform the two pieces at the theatre this Saturday, May 26, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £9 and £8 from the box office on 01673 885500.