Well, it’s a bit embarrassing really. But we were on the fringe. In Hackney. Again.
And we’d have got away with it too if it weren’t for those pesky playwrights Stephen Sharkey and Dr David Eldridge who were both around to witness the Whingers swan in for the 1pm (!) performance of three short plays at the Arcola Theatre.
This was part of the East festival and featured:
The whole thing was over in about an hour, each being short enough that the Whingers’ ever decreasing attention spans could cope.
And the tickets were just five pounds.
And what’s more, Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson was in the Berkoff alongside Joseph Marcel. For some reason these two were reading most of their lines from a script but in any event the play was completely snatched from under their noses by marvellous Kneehigh regular Amanda Lawrence.
Pandora Colin (a WEW fave since seeing her as Dorothy Parker in You Might As Well Live and then in Natural Selection and ..some trace of her) played a delightful blind date scene with an equally strong Simon Poland in the Lenkiweicz.
Strangely, considering one of the plays was a Berkoff, it was Dr Eldridge who came up with the darkest, grittiest offering in which Paul Moriarty pretty much acted everyone else into a cocked hat as a grieving East End dinosaur.
This short play business has got a lot going for it in our humble opinion.