24 - 28 January 2012
by Alan Bennett
Every large organisation has its procedures and protocols. Surrounded by forms and paperwork, Doris and Doreen are determined that none of them should create any work for them. That is until a surfeit of PS104 forms threatens to form a shadow over their lives.
This rare revival of Alan Bennett’s hilarious one act play, Green Forms, sees actress and broadcaster, Janet Ellis, return to the stage in a production staged in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Janet is Patron of Maggie’s Centre London, one of a growing network of cancer caring centres.
After training at The Central School of Speech and Drama, Janet began her acting career in Jackanory Playhouse for BBC TV. She worked in many theatres around the country, including Richmond Fringe at the Orange Tree, Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Harrogate Theatre , Richmond Theatre and The Roundhouse. TV appearances included everything from Doctor Who to The Sweeney, and four years in the award winning children’s programme Jigsaw.
She presented Blue Peter for four years, and went on to a varied presenting career , appearing on programmes covering topics as diverse as cars, childcare and gardens. She is now a regular weekly panellist on Five’s topical daily show The Wright Stuff. She has appeared on many radio programmes, and has written and presented several documentaries for BBCR4 on subjects as diverse as Hula Hoops, Jigsaws, Mermaids and Dragons and is currently researching a Radio 4 show celebrating Genies. She’s just recorded Series 4 of Inspector Steine by Lynne Truss, also for BBC Radio 4. She contributes a monthly advice column to Woman + Home magazine called Sex, Love and Marriage.
Jan Ravens was brought up in Wirral, Cheshire, or as she prefers to say, Merseyside. She now lives in west London with her husband and three sons. Jan is best known for playing all the female roles Dead Ringers.
Her numerous other television credits include comedies and dramas such as Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression; Bremner Bird and Fortune; The Grimleys; Skins; Love Soup; Midsomer Murders and Spitting Image.
Jan has performed with the RSC, at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Chichester Festival Theatre.
She thinks it is important to keep challenging herself and so over the last few years has taken part in a celebrity boat race, Question Time, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Mastermind, as well a national tour of her one woman show A Funny Look At Impressions.