End of the line: Tales on the Tube

Thursday, 9 September, 2010

Didn’t want it to end!

London – The Roadtrip Bar 23rd – 25th Aug 2010 – 19:30 1 hour (no interval)

new short drama

Tales of the Tube, in less time than it takes to get from Hainault to almost anywhere

The downstairs room at Roadtrip Bar was converted into a makeshift tube carriage by Rumi Begum so the audience sat cosily facing each other on benches watching the action unfold all around and amongst them.

The action kicked off with ‘Inconvenient Revelations’ by Rumi Begum. A short, sassy piece that showed secrets between girls never really stay secret. The ‘Tube’s a Racist’ by Triska Hamid was a short piece loaded with colour–coded comedy. ‘Closure’ by Mediah Ahmed was a touchingly awkward piece about bumping into your ex on the tube with a perfectly restrained portrayal of heartbreak from Gabriella Schmidt.

‘Going Under’ by Fenar Mohammed-Ali was a quirky tale about tube suicides featuring a sweet portrayal by Fenar Mohammed-Ali himself as the caring mouse who can tell a man is about to jump but is powerless to stop him. ‘A Revealing Man’ by Rumi Begum was a delightfully frank piece of physical comedy about the invasion of personal space on the tube and ‘On Your Feet’ also by Rumi Begum exposed the nightmare of travelling on the tube for a man with an overwhelming fear of feet.

‘What Goes Around’ by Amber Mun was an intriguing piece about justice stalking the law whilst on a very enclosed tube carriage and ‘A Bit of a Mouthful’ by Rumi Begum delved into the weird rules of bulimic socialising.

‘Identity’ by Zainab Hasan was a futuristic piece about the confusions of controlling the public through ID cards with an incredibly gentle performance from Lelo Majozi in the face of blatant prejudice.

‘That Boy’ by Sabrina Mahfouz was a delicate, honest piece about how easy it is to reveal too much about your self on a long tube journey. David Ajao had a cheeky charisma and Rhoda Ofori-Attah had enigmatic innocence that made it very easy to care about the characters in this tube tale.

‘Sloane Square’ by Triska Hamid was a hilarious piece about the type of girl everyone wants to live like but no one wants to be like with Lydia Rose Bewley almost stealing the entire show with her portrayal of the well meaning, but incredibly politically incorrect, Sloane girl.

And finally ‘Neil’ by Zia Ahmed was a light, comic piece about two friends who decide to create a tribute to Art Attack’s Neil Buchannan after mistakenly hearing that he’s dead.

All in all this was an impressive fringe debut by knocked for six which had some genuinely brilliant theatrical moments. Based on this experience I can say with confidence that when I see any of their future projects I won’t think twice about jumping on board.

Cast Credits: Performers – Alexander Aplerku, David Ajao, Fenar Mohammed-Ali, Gabriella Schmidt, Lelo Majozi, Lydia Rose Bewley, Jim Tanner, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Zainab Hasan, Zia Ahmed

Company Credits: Writers – Amber Mun, Fenar Mohammed-Ali, Mediah Ahmed, Rumi Begum, Sabrina Mahfouz, Triska Hamid, Zainab Hasan, Zia Ahmed. Directing Adviser – Natalie Ibu. Graphic & Audio Design – Zia Ahmed. Stage Hand / Announcer – Jack Dormer. Executive Producer – Sabrina Mahfouz. Website – www.knockedforsix.co.uk
(c) Hannah Rodger 2010

reviewed Tuesday 24 August 10


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