Dead Boy Cafe and Apologia being staged this month
Dead Boy Cafe in the Studio Theatre. Picture: Robert Vass
Dead Boy Café by Grant Corr is being performed in the studio theatre. The play is the winner of the Questor’s 2019 National Student Playwriting Competition and was originally going to be staged for the first time in 2020.
In this darkly comic play, Janet and Ruby run a chippie on the border of Northern Ireland. Ruby is blind, yet knows the cafe better than anyone. Janet hasn’t stepped outside the door in 15 years and is grappling with her sanity. The two women are locked in a love-hate relationship, but bound together by the person they both loved the most.
One desperately stormy night a strange young man arrives at the café, drenched to the bone. Just who is he, and what will his presence mean for Janet? Is she really seeing him for who he is? And can the blind Ruby see more than them all?
It has some adult themes but is suitable for ages ten and over and is on from 17-21 May.
Tickets are £14 (£12 for concessions) except for the Friday and Saturday perfomances which are £18 (£15) and can be booked online.
Next up in the Judi Dench Playhouse is Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell directed by Meneka Das.
It is a rescheduled run of a play described as ‘unflinching’ by Questors, it has previously been staged at The Bush and in the West End.
This production takes us into the home of Kristin, a revered art historian and impassioned political activist of the 1960s. But in her effort to bring about a more humane society, she neglected the two individuals who most needed her love. Now, on the day of her birthday, she is finally reunited with her two sons. And they want answers…
Meneka Das was born in India and moved to London to follow her dream of studying theatre and film. As an actor, she has worked with directors such as David Yates, Mike Leigh and Dexter Fletcher in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, plus on stage at the RSC.
She says, “This is a play about family, failures and forgiveness. And it is these universal themes that give this play its timelessness, and why it will continue to connect with audiences… which is a testament to the writing.”
There will be five performances between 18-21 May starting daily at 7.45pm with a matinee performance on Saturday 21 May at 2.30pm. Tickets can be booked online and cost £14 or £7 for a member or the guest of a members. Under 16s and full time students are charged £7 with concessions at £12.
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May 12, 2022