THE FRIDA KAHLO OF PENGE WEST Opens Tonight at the Rosemary Branch
The new comedy by Chris Larner, The Frida Kahlo of Penge West opens tonight at the Rosemary Branch, N1 and plays until 13 July.
KPS Productions and the Rosemary Branch present the World premiere of THE FRIDA KAHLO OF PENGE WEST, written and directed by Chris Larner, with designs by Nina Patel-Grainger, lighting by Celia Degua, and costumes by Natalie Pryce. Starring Laura Kirman and Cecily Nash.
A two-woman comedy about one woman's struggle to stage a one-woman drama about Frida Kahlo, with two women in it... You're 20-something years old and bursting with talent. You're working in a mcjob and living on the fringes of suburban London. What happened to that fabulous young woman who came to the city all inspired and ready for life in the creative arts?
Chris Larner turns his comic eye to the agonising travails of young creative types in this hilarious new play. He has created two sharply observed female characters, played as a quick-fire double act by newcomers Laura Kirman and Cecily Nash. Irreverently inspired by Frida Kahlo but with much bigger laughs and worse , Mexican accents.
When quiet, unassertive Zoe agrees to let an old university chum sleep on her sofa for "just a couple of nights", little does she imagine how much her life will be blown apart. For Ruth - vain, driven, and totally narcissistic, is an unemployed actor and extraordinarily cross about it. And when Ruth determines to show the World a thing or two by writing and starring in a play of her own, the hapless Zoe is dragged unwillingly into playing a supporting role or eight. Wickedly funny, caustic and absurd, this new comedy brilliantly performed by Laura Kirman and Cecily Nash has a surprising twist of a happy ending. Well, happy-ish.
Chris Larner's stage writing, directing and acting credits are extensive. From the deeply personal and moving -- most recently with his national smash hit show An Instinct for Kindness to the ridiculous, comic heights of songwriting, and everything in between. See chrislarner.com for more.
Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT
1-13 July 2014, Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm (except Sat 5 July at 7pm), Sunday 6pm
PRESS NIGHT 2 July 2014 at 7.30pm
3 July - Post show Q&A with Terri Paddock, www.terripaddock.com
Tickets £13/£11 (concs), Previews £10
Box office 020 7704 6665 www.rosemarybranch.co.uk