Talking Heads (23-27 September 2014)

Three Monologues by Alan Bennett 23-27 September 2014:  The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Brussels Tickets –  €15 available hereTalkingHeadsWeb

Lady of Letters (Sara Hammerton, Directed by Joanna Patrick)

Irene Ruddock is a self-appointed guardian of the high moral ground and her living room is the centre of her operations!  She frequently writes to her MP, the police, the chemist – everyone she can, to remedy the social ills she sees around her.  In this monologue, Alan Bennett showcases his central theme that the human condition is tragicomic and I am sure that this character will resonate with the audience – I bet you know, or have met, a Miss Ruddock at some stage in your lives!

Soldiering On (Rachel Cuff, Directed by Jonathan Stockwell)

Muriel has about as much time for self-pity as a proverbial Eastender in the Blitz. Brimming with cheery, tweedy determination, this dutiful gal shrugs off adversity, keeps calm and carries on serving the community. It may be the 1980s, but her old-fashioned British pluck is alive and kicking. Today, when our more individualistic, expressive culture is coming under fire, Muriel’s stoicism and reserve can seem attractive, even admirable. But how much self-restraint is too much? And is it just Muriel who’s paid the price?

Her Big Chance (Ailsa Higgins, Directed by Mark Prescott)

Lesley is an aspiring actress who throws herself into every part she’s offered – just ask the production team on Crossroads or Tess! So far the roles she’s had have been small, but now she’s been offered a part in a new film targeted primarily at the West German market. Could this be Lesley’s big chance? And as she is a self-confessed people person, will this role open up new social and career doors for her?

Aladdin (9-11 January 2015)

aladdinFollowing last year’s successful production of Jack & The Beanstalk, the ECC present their latest pantomime: Aladdin. This well-loved story will be told with energy, music and dance and promises to be fun for all the family.

Aladdin lives with his mum, Widow Twankey, who runs a laundry in Old Peking in the shadow of the Imperial Palace.  Aladdin dreams of a better life when one day he meets the Emperor’s beautiful daughter, Princess Jasmine. The boy has to grow up fast when a mysterious uncle turns up asking for his help in obtaining a lamp from a magical cave. This episode sets off an exciting and hilarious chain of events that bring Aladdin love and riches beyond his wildest dreams.

Combining humour, songs and special effects, the show will delight young and old. It will feature the traditional pantomime classics, such as ‘he’s behind you!’ and ‘oh no it isn’t!’ and poke gentle fun at expat life.

The show runs from 9-11 January 2015 at the Auderghem Cultural Centre, Boulevard du Souverain 183, 1160 Brussels. Tickets (€16/€12) are available here.