THE LADY IN THE VAN is a theatrical production penned by British playwright Alan Bennett
AS so many have frequently remarked, “we don’t need the West End of London, we have it right here in our area.” So true!
Once again many of those local acclaimed stars are stepping forward to display for us something light and thoughtful, to keep us alert through these grey winter months.
A theatrical production penned by British playwright Alan Bennett, The Lady in the Van, concerning the diary he kept when fate’s coincidences collided with karma and brought a derelict person and van to be parked in front of his house for 18 solid years.
On paper the stars of the production are producer, director and on stage alter ego of the playwright Jacqueline Welby. A most difficult role as it is always assumed by a man.
Her counterpart is the contentious, cantankerous mysterious occupant of the van one Janet Franklin. Janet has popularly played monarchs frequently for past productions, so it is indeed shocking to witness this regal personage now clunking about as a bag lady.
The dialogue of the script is fast-paced and brimming with comedy and innuendos’ about life’s circumstances.
The entire cast of this sophisticated story takes it to the pinnacle of refined Surrealism, each player that struts their stuff on stage becomes instantly part of the ongoing drama and confusion.
Meanwhile, their seemingly disjointed parts perfectly knit all loose ends into a pattern of constant confusion and mayhem. Alan Bennett played by Peter Hands, remains the steady anchor not allowing the divergent cast of characters to fly off into outer space, nor lose the flow of his long suffering earthly diary.
A particularly good cameo is notched up by Sally Miller, as the interloper appearing for just moments to make sure the confusion reigns supreme. She’s the blackmailer.
Les Fletcher has done a truly ingenious set design concocting an entire neighbourhood of happenings to appear right in front of us in a small space. Behind the scenes is loaded with sound, lighting and stage details that make it all so good and West End.
As always these productions are done for charity, this time for Asprodalba.
This special event will be held in Vera at the Teatro Regio just metres from the Vera Town Hall and with very comfortable seats.
It is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Tickets are just €10.