So you might find yourself at a loose end one night in London this week. Why not make your way to the Etcetera Theatre at the Oxford Arms in Camden.
I have seen many small pub plays around London, some bad some good and then I saw last night The Trembling Game which is probably the best pub play I have ever seen.
This is for two reasons.
The chemistry at all levels through the play between the actors are accelerating. Director Charis Agbonlahor bought the play together brilliantly and somehow you as the audience member are torn between the two characters.
The play writing by Robert Hamilton is what set this play apart from others. He had done a great job of taking his audience through a journey. One of the audience members comments was that this is a “BRILLIANTLY written” play.
The space at the Etcetera Theatre suits this play perfect with its intimacy. Also this is the very same theatre this play was first performed and bought to live 23 years ago.
|Stage at the Etcetera Theatre|
One person told me he had never consider pub theatre plays but now he is sold. I am so pleased that a play can have that affect on someone. I felt however that he started with the best and will be disappointed with the rest. I reminded myself when I did an exchange program from South Africa after my studies to Vail in Colorado. I have never seen snow and here I was in the place where you probably have the best skiing conditions in the world. All ski resorts I visited after that experience just can’t compare.
Little James Company is raising funds on behalf of James Robinson. A little boy who was born with a kidney condition called Diabetes Insipidus Nephrogenic. All proceeds are going to The National Kidney Federation. The NKF-UK arranges for children like James Robinson who are on dialysis to
have a dialysis holiday. Hospitals around the world get set-up for children to arrive and continue their dialysis so the children can enjoy a holiday break. Such a small thing but for these children who have dialysis about 4 times a week for around 4 hours each day, this is a big deal.
The actors, director and writer have given their services for free as all proceeds from the Performances are going to the National Kidney Federation. If you wish to make a donation for their cause you can so so by clicking here – https://www.justgiving.com/thetremblinggame/
The play is running every night at 7 pm and Sunday 2pm is the last performance.