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Best Served Cold: A Revengers’ Comedy at the King’s Head Theatre

SEEN loves all things Fringe in London, so she needed no second bidding to go and see short play Best Served Cold at the renowned King’s Head Theatre in Islington. This play won the prestigious Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award in 2015, and was on for one night only, directed by Sharon Small.

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The four cast members embodied a deeply dysfunctional family, whilst revelling in a sense of their own cruel humour: brassy, on-the-make Susan (April Rose); feckless philandering husband Mitchell (Dom Goldberg); and adoring grandson Toby (Alexander Chard); but best of all, the wily manipulative grandma, Alma (Yvo Brunskill).

The great thing about Best Served Cold is that writer Victoria Taylor Roberts cleverly gives us this family’s history, enumerates their dysfunctional present, and foregrounds the shenanigans yet to come in a mere half-hour of theatre. The stage was dressed in a shroud-like clinical white, indicating Alma’s medical state yet it was also a blank canvas, waiting for the time bomb of this family’s future to explode on it. It’s refreshing, too, to see an elder character playing centre stage.

No spoilers from SEEN, you’ll be glad to hear! But you can see the play in two weeks’ time at the equally renowned Etcetera Theatre above the Oxford Arms in Camden. A different space for sure, so it will be interesting to see how the play alters as a result.

Book your tickets here.

Etcetera Theatre
above the Oxford Arms
265 Camden High Street
London
NW1 7BU

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