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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Birnam Arts
Thu 20 Jun - Sat 22 Jun
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Open Air Theatre - St Ninian's Garden
19:00 - 21:00
Doors Open 18:30

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A Trio of Talking Heads

29 April 2023

A Trio of Talking Heads

...iconic, dramatic Masterpieces from the legendary pen of Alan Bennett (Lady In the Van; The History Boys).

 Join us for intimate performances of these hugely successful, BAFTA award-winning monologues. On screen with stellar actors such as Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and of course, Alan Bennett himself, they were wonderfully reprised by the BBC in 2020 with Martin Freeman, Jodie Comer and Lesley Manville amongst others.

 Performed in the semi-round, BIPs will be taking on the challenge of:

Bed Among the Lentils

Susan is a vicar’s wife suffocated by the expectations from her 'position' through her husband, and his over-zealous, passive-aggressive parishioners. She has a penchant for the odd sherry - and the communion wine, she starts going further afield for refills because she now 'owes a bit on the side' with the less-than-impressed local shopkeeper. When the Leeds off-licence owner, Ramesh, takes the time to talk, she begins to discover something about herself and God in the process...

A Chip in the Sugar

Middle-aged Graham, has a history of mental health issues, and finds life becoming complicated as his mother, Vera, with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame. Graham becomes progressively disturbed when Frank - whose outspoken and right-wing opinions conflict with Graham's muddled liberalism - becomes an ever-increasing influence on Vera. And so, Graham's old insecurities rear their ugly heads…

Her Big Chance

Meet Lesley, an actress who knows a lot about personality (there's a chapter on it in the book she's reading). You might have seen her in Crossroads (she played woman in a musquash coat)? She's also just filmed a video 'targeted chiefly on West Germany' in which she plays Travis, a career girl with her own briefcase, who enjoys life on a yacht, but strangely spends a remarkable amount of time topless. Oh yes, and she shot a man last week …

There are references to sex and nudity and, being written in 1988, carries prejudicial opinions of that time.

Age advice 14+

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Birnam Arts
Station Road
Birnam Dunkeld
PH8 0DS
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Tel: 01350 727 674

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Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.

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Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!

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Birnam Arts has been host to great memories and moments, from dancing my heart out at weddings to speaking at conferences to enjoying wonderful music ... this place does it all and is an important hub. We look forward to the time we can enjoy BA to its full once again.

Susanna Thomson   |   Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020

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