TAMESIDE has been selected as one of only 20 UK authorities to participate in a special virtual author event: “An Audience without Alan Bennett”. It takes place on Thursday, December 1st 6 to 7.30pm at Tameside Central Library, Old Street, Ashton.
Bennett, from Leeds, has been one of Britain’s leading dramatists since the success of the satirical revue “Beyond the Fringe” at the Edinburgh Festival almost 60 years ago. It later moved to London and New York.
His television series “Talking Heads” is regarded as a modern-day classic, as are many of his works for the stage such as “The History Boys”, which was one of the National Theatre’s most successful productions.
A film adaptation of Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van”, starring Maggie Smith, was released in 2015. A new edition of the book topped the Sunday Times bestseller list for nine weeks.
“An Audience without Alan Bennett”, which features Grafton House Theatre Company, consists of video clips and extracts from his new book, “Keeping On, Keeping On”, read by an actor playing Bennett.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “It’s going to be a great evening. Themes will include politics, everyday life, being a writer and getting older in what promises to be an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.”
Thackeray’s Bookshop of Market Street, Denton, will have copies of Bennett’s books for sale.
Tickets are free and are available from https://tameside-withoutalanbennett.eventbrite.co.uk Booking is essential.
The evening is supported by Tameside Libraries, Thackeray’s Bookshop, Grafton House Theatre Company, the Reading Agency, and Bennett’s publishers, Profile Book and Faber and Faber.