People by Alan Bennett
Dorothy’s inheritance is an old, run-down mansion she can’t afford to maintain. The play follows various attempts by her and her sister to resolve the issue. These include “gifting” to the National Trust; selling to a property developer, and film-making (of a less than salubrious nature where Dorothy is clearly aware of the comings and goings in the four-poster bed). Underground rumblings from a disused coalmine, the discovery of a large number of (still full) chamber pots and an untimely visit from the Bishop make for a show full of fruitful conflict.
People completed its National Theatre tour in 2015 and BCP are one of the first amateur companies to perform this entertaining, funny and touching play where Bennett successfully blends satire with nostalgia to produce a thought-provoking piece of theatre.
People will be performed at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 25-28 April 2018. Directed by Ray Atkinson.
The cast was as follows:
Dorothy – June Ronson
June – Hilary Beaton
Iris – Brenda Williams
Lumsden – Dave Candy
Bevan – Dave Robinson
Bishop – Terry Gallager
Colin – Alex Nicholls
Brit – Hana Ayers
Theodore – Dave Smith
Bruce – Bruce Walton
Louise – Kate Groves
Nigel – Jem Turner
Lesley – Jayne Ryman
Just before the production in April 2018 Director Ray Atkinson published several articles via Facebook.
They can also be seen here:
UPTOWN GIRL – Down on her Uppers
A Man of the “People”
A CUP OF TEA and a FLAPJACK
- 15 April 2018 – Coming to a theatre … People
- 26 March 2018 – Forthcoming Production of Alan Bennett’s People
- 9 Dec 2017 – Do you want to be a film star
- 13 Nov 2017 – Forthcoming Auditions People
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Photos on Flickr with thanks to Mike Watling.