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September - November 2009

About The Show

It’s talent night at Bunter’s niteclub, and contestant Julie and her fat friend Maureen are waiting backstage.  As they are plunged into a world of ukulele-wielding pensioners, crotch-grabbing comperes and some long- buried personal history, Julie and Maureen have to decide how lucky they really want to be.

Originally commissioned by David Leland for the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Talent was first performed in 1978 with a cast comprising Hazel Clyne, Victoria Wood, Roger Sloman, Bill Stewart, Eric Richard and Peter Ellis.  After much acclaim, winning Wood the Evening Standard award for Most Promising Playwright, the production transferred to the ICA, London, in 1979.  The same year a television adaptation was broadcast which saw Victoria Wood and Julie Walters perform together on screen for the first time, winning Wood another Most Promising Writer Award and a BAFTA nomination.

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