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Monolog - Chickenshed

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FROM February 6 to March 3, 2018, Chickenshed is presenting two moving and dramatic solo plays which together combine to deliver a hugely powerful and emotional theatrical experience.

Alan Bennett’s Her Big Chance is a dramatic monologue conceived as part of his Talking Heads series for television, originally broadcast in 1988. Talking Heads has also enjoyed success on the stage, and on the radio.

Her Big Chance tells the funny story of Lesley, an aspiring actress who is offered what she believes to be her big break in a new film for the West German market. Hearing her story, we start to glimpse her naivety, and realise that this isn’t perhaps the shortcut to the big time she expected it to be!

Also presented is This is Me by Diane Samuels, writer of Kindertransport which was performed at Chickenshed back in 2016.

This is Me is a newly commissioned autobiographical piece in which Samuels explores the form of monolog by inviting the audience to be a part of her story, thereby letting them enjoy entering a young child’s probing and engaging mind.

Monolog is suitable for ages 11+.

Sign Interpreted Performance: Thursday, February 22 at 7.30pm.

Captioned Performance: Thursday, March 1 at 7.30pm.

Tickets: Previews/schools: £10. Standard Matinee and Evening £12 – £15. Peak Matinee and Evening £15 – £18. FiverLive Offer – £5 to 13 – 25 year olds. To book, call the box office on 020 8292 9222, email: or visit

Times: 7.30pm with matinees at 1pm on Thursday, February 22 and Thursday, March 1; and at 3.30pm on Thursday, February 15, Saturday, February 17, Saturday, February 24 and Saturday, March 3.

A new and exciting musical version of the well-loved fairy tale, Rapunzel, continues at Chickenshed until Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE