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Girl Talk

02 Feb 2014 to 03 Feb 2014
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

11 Oct 2015 to 12 Oct 2015
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

25 Oct 2015 to 26 Oct 2015
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

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A double bill of hilarious, moving and dramatic female monologues written by two of the country's leading writers at the peak of their powers, but a generation apart.

Alan Bennett's 'Her Big Chance' (1987) from the classic 'Talking Heads' series tells the story of Lesley, an aspiring actress whose exciting new role in a film for the West German market turns out to be a little more than it first appeared.

Jack Thorne's 'Bunny' (2010) (Fringe First, Edinburgh Festival) describes an exhilarating coming of age for Katie, caught up in a terrifying white knuckle ride across a Luton council estate.

Performers Chrissie Harmer and Emma Stadon had both appeared regularly in large scale Stepping Out Theatre productions at the Brewery Theatre. Each was making a debut solo stage appearance in 'Girl Talk'.

This production has been revived in 2015 in association with Tusentack Theatre with the same cast.

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Chrissie Harmer - Lesley (Her Big Chance)
Emma Stadon - Katie (Bunny)


Directors - Alison Comley / Cheryl Douglas
Stage Manager - Shaun Luker
Lighting Design - Paul Lewis
Photography - Jose Navarro
Video - Bill Woodward


"Stepping Out Theatre's Girl Talk is an evening of monologues, the most famous of which is Her Big Part, by Alan Bennett. Julie Walters (who played Lesley in the original BBC production) is a tough act to follow and Chrissie Harmer gives it her all. Bennett's customary wit shines through the script. The strength of the evening is Emma Stadon's performance in Bunny by Jack Thorne. Stadon plays Katie, a teenage girl who is caught up in a seedier side of life. Bunny is an hour long monologue - no mean feat for any actor. Stadon holds the audience with her creditable performance as she portrays the complexities of a teenage girl's life. At times naive and vulnerable, other times aggressive and intimidating, Stadon takes us on her journey through a Luton estate, with violence and abuse never far from the sidelines. Stadon voices different characters well, so we hear from her boyfriend and other significant people in her life. Bunny is disturbing and funny in equal measure."
 Samantha Coughlan, Bath Chronicle /


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