The Belfast Maskers soldier on, despite the loss of their long-time railroad theater venue, to bring Alan Bennett’s captivating series of monologues to life. On Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., the First Church will host the Preview Night performance of “Talking Heads (Series II)” in the Parish Hall, Spring Street. The run will continue nightly Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15; as well as the following Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 through 22, to conclude with one matinee Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Bennett is best known for penning “The History Boys” and “The Madness of King George,” plays that were adapted to films. The Maskers’ production features five of the dramatic pieces that were written for BBC Television in England. Although the plays deal with a variety of subjects, there are certain recurring themes, such as death, illness, guilt and isolation.

In “Soldiering On,” Judi Erickson plays Muriel, a powerful woman and pillar of her community. After the death of her husband, she feels like she is able to cope with the crisis — but she learns that just strength might not be enough. Perennial Maskers favorite Charlotte Herbold plays an unscrupulous antique dealer in “Hand of God.” In “The Outside Dog,” the very domestic life of housewife Marjory (played by Dorothy Wilson) begins to crumble around her as the truth about her brutish husband is revealed. “Her Big Chance” features Marty Kelly as an aspiring actress who may have just gotten her big break. In the final piece, Irene Dennis portrays the title character in “Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet.”

Tickets for Thursday performances are only $8. Tickets for the rest of the run are $15, $10 for teens; the material is not recommended for children. Tickets will be available at the church one hour before shows; by calling the box office at 338-9668; or at Yo Mamma’s Home, 96 Main St.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to