There are only eight more sleeps before Bay Theatre Players’ four actresses, Nik Nixon, Jenny Grinlinton, Narrell Murdoch and Candy Burgess will walk out under the lights at the Bay Playhouse to play the four women of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.
Last weekend, BTP members under the watchful eye of Talking Heads director, Jenny Kohlhagen, painted the final panels of the stage set and ended with that most important task – painting the stage floor.
The Bay Playhouse stage floor is now a lot thicker than when it began its life – it has received many coats of paint over the years as show has succeeded show!
Indeed, the ‘flats’ which form the bulk of the current scenery are also a lot thicker – on this occasion with a coat of ‘teal blue’ which has had to be liberally applied to cover the previous much lighter colours.
In addition to the broad brush strokes applied by some BTP members this show has also received the attentions of scenic artist, Nicky Bath, in particular for the corner of the scenery which denotes a church vestry.
Nicky is a veteran of at least seven previous BTP productions, including, particularly, The Wind in the Willows and Annie.
The Talking Heads series of one-act plays was written by Alan Bennett, author of many well-known works including Lady in the Van, The History Boys and The Madness of George III. They were first produced for BBC television in the 1980s.
Nik Nixon plays Muriel, recently widowed, but well equipped to cope with the traumatic changes in her life.
Doris, played by Jenny Grinlinton in ‘A Cream Cracker Under the Settee’, is determined to remain in her own home rather than be ‘put away in a nursing home’.
Narrell Murdoch brings us Susan, the vicar’s wife in ‘Bed Among the Lentils’. Susan has a secret life away from her husband and his parishioners.
In ‘A Lady of Letters’, Candy Burgess is the nightmare neighbour we all love to hate – neighbourhood watch on steroids.
You can book your seats online, any time, via the link on www.baytheatreplayers.org.au or directly from the theatre’s ticket agent at www.trybooking.com/WBHF.
Tickets will also be available every Saturday morning at BTP’s Box Office in the Bay Playhouse theatre foyer at 33 Gregory Street, Batemans Bay. The show opens on Friday, July 20.
The next Shakespeare workshop for adults will be held on Sunday, August 19, at 2pm in the Playhouse Foyer. These usually last about a couple of hours.