Talking Heads – Orpen Players new production

Alan Bennett's Talking HeadsAlan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with a series of ground breaking monologues originally filmed for BBC Television. Darkly Comic, tragically poignant and wonderfully uplifting. Talking Heads is widely regarded as a modern classic.

The Orpen Players have transformed Talking Heads from just a monologue to an acting form taking three of Bennett’s plays A Lady of Letters, A Chip in the Sugar and Bed Among the Lentils onto the stage at the Orpen Hall, West Bergholt.

Talking Heads places Alan Bennett in the highest tier of English dramatic writers

New York Times

Bennett’s genius is his ability to satirize humanely, his prose is like stained glass: if you star at it, you see things you missed

New York Times Book Review

It’s hardly a revelation to say that Alan Bennett has proved himself a master of modern dramatic monologue… One of the finest dramatic achievements of the past decades

The Scotsman

Talking Heads is being performed at the Orpen Hall on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th may with doors opening at 7:30pm for performance start at 8pm.  Tickets are £6 on Thursday, £7 Friday & Saturday (children £5 all performances) and are available now:

The show is being produced by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Are you planning an event?

Orpen Memorial Hall
Orpen Memorial Hall – a centre for village life

Then why not keep your money in the Village?  We have some great halls for hire that are suitable for a range of Functions, Birthday Parties, Meetings,  Socials etc.

  • Orpen Hall
  • St Mary’s Church
    • Main body of church – 60 persons;
    • Church Hall – 20-40 persons
    • Vestry – 12 persons.
    • To book: Phone Murray Harlow 07989720256
    • Link to St Marys website.
  • Methodist’s Chapel Hall – 20-60 persons.

Senior Moments – A Diamond Revue

Orpen Players’ next production is a revue of the Diamond Years featuring music & laughter from the past 60 years.  Tickets, priced £10, include light refreshments and entry into a best Jubilee costume competition for those wanting to join in the fun.  Tickets available from Roger Milne on 01206 241048.

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Jubilee Events

On Monday 4th June 2012, the aim is to light 2,012 (or more) beacons – the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and other countries around the world to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and West Bergholt has been chosen to be a part of this exciting event. Our Beacon is scheduled for 10:30pm at the Orpen Hall on June 4th, and the Parish Council is planning some exciting events to go with this.

It is planning events for the beacon lighting ceremony including fireworks and possible hog roast.   As part of the Jubilee celebrations a family fun day will be held on Saturday 16th June. If you represent a village group or are just really keen to get involved in planning these events, you might want to pop in to the next planning meeting at 8pm 22nd March in the John Lampon Hall, or contact John Gili-Ross on 242236.

Help us make it an event to remember!

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