Janet Ellis and Jan Ravens in
by Alan Bennett
Directed by Paul Clayton
Also starring Andrew Alston
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.