We are thrilled to bring you an exclusive Q&A with Ross Stenhouse who will be performing in ALAN BENNETT’s A Chip In The Sugar, as part of TALKING HEADS. This Glasgay! production will be at Mitchell Theatre for the Commonwealth Games‘ Festival 2014. Book your tickets online now!
What drew you to work on this production?
I was first asked to work on Talking Heads back in 2006 as part of Glasgay at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. The show then transferred to the Edinburgh Festival for a highly successful run in 2007.
What is it about Alan Bennett’s monologues and characters that you love?
I think there is an instant recognition for most of us in Bennett’s writing and characters that appeals to people from all walks of life and any geographical area of Britain. We’ve met these characters or some part of them is us. Under the surface layer of always brilliant humour, there are increasingly disturbing layers of ridiculousness, poignancy and often tragedy. No matter how many times I saw Kay Gallie perform Cream Cracker Under the Settee it always brought me to tears. A tribute to both the writing and Kay’s performance. Like Victoria Wood he makes the mundane comic and tragic in equal measure.
How relevant are the issues that Alan Bennett raises to today’s world (i.e. care of the elderly)?
The issues that Bennett raises are always intrinsically human and immediately relevant. To glimpse others’ loneliness, despair, jealousy and self-delusion will always fascinate us as human beings as most of us have been there to some degree at some point in our lives.
What does Alan Bennett tell us about our relationship to other people?
I think he provides great reassurance. He let’s us see that everyone has complex layers underneath our everyday façade of normalcy.
Have you got a favourite family anecdote that’s similar to Alan Bennett’s view of everyday life?
As a talkative toddler I mortified my mother on an almost daily basis by blethering to anyone within earshot. Her favourite story is of me cheerfully showing the bus conductor my hanky and telling him it was for my bogies.
Don’t miss ALAN BENNETT’S TALKING HEADS showing at the Mitchell Theatre this summer – book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.