Playing Sandwiches

by  Alan Bennett

Monologues, Drama

Playing Sandwiches comes from Alan Bennett's BBC Monologue Series, Talking Heads. In this monologue, Wilfred, a reformed paedophile, finds himself incarcerated and contemplating his condition...

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Playing Sandwiches

by  Alan Bennett

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  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Wilfred is, we discover over time, a reformed paedophile living under a false identity and working as a much-praised maintenance man in a public park. However, as a superior begins to pressure him for bureaucratic historical information to include in his personnel file, the pressure causes Wilfred to resume his old ways with horrifying results. Incarcerated, he contemplates his condition, remarking 'It's the one part of my life that feels right... and that's the bit that's wrong.'
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Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)




Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in 1934. After studying at Oxford University he collaborated as a writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in Beyond the Fringe in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival. He then turned to writing full time and produced his first stage play Forty Years On in 1968. ...

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