The Lady In The Van from January 11th-14th
Common Touch Theatre Company (CTTC) presents The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th January 2012 at 7.30pm
Battersea Park School, 401, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP
CTTC is the amateur community theatre group for Battersea Park School Specialist Performing Arts School
According to Alan Bennett himself, the actual lady in the van “is a bigoted, blinkered, cantankerous, devious, unforgiving, self-centred, rank, rude, car-mad cow” … which makes us wonder why she is such a compelling subject for this wonderfully comic and entertaining play.
Perhaps the answer is that issues of appearance and personal hygiene aside; she displays characteristics we all secretly admire; a determined independence and defiance of authority; and a delight in non-conformity and in being capricious.
Written 1n 1999 about a 15 year period in his own life in Camden, North London; the play combines Alan Bennett’s famous dry Yorkshire wit with a gentle but pertinent social comment on the rights of the individual and responsibilities of society.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a dull, highbrow social commentary; this play will make you howl with laughter and cry (possibly). What is a certainty is that, just like Miss Shepherd, the play will defiantly leave its mark on everyone who encounters it.
Booking information: All tickets £10
Info, directions & tickets available from www.commontouchtheatre.co.uk
January 9, 2012