Adapted from Alan Bennett’s own short story, this play is based on his real-life experience with an elderly homeless old woman living in his front garden for fifteen years.
Miss Shepherd’s stay of fifteen years might have been a blight on Bennett’s front garden but it eventually allowed him to unravel the fascinating story of her life – for which we are all eternally indebted to him.
It is said that charity begins at home.
For Alan Bennett it began at the bottom of his drive with a custard yellow van inhabited by an irascible eccentric who refused to budge.
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