a game of two halves, hen & chickens
Last night I went to see my mate in another play that he starred in and directed.
It was A Game Of Two Halves and was on at the Hen & Chickens at Highbury. If you haven’t been to the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar, it’s tiny. Teeny teeny tiny! If you aren’t comfortable with an ‘intimate’ setting, don’t go as there’s only a maximum of 20 seats up there and the stage is very close! It’s less than half the size of the King’s Head Theatre Pub round the corner. Surprisingly, Frankie Boyle still plays there quite a bit, usually practicing his new material before he goes on tour – I treated The Man and my mate to tickets to see him there a few months ago – and obviously there was no escaping his attention – and we ll know what Frankie Boyle is like! The Man LOVED it
Anyway – A Game Of Two Halves was brilliant. My mate was brilliant…and even though he reckoned he cocked up a couple of times, none of us really noticed – we were captivated
It’s very much a ‘Sliding Doors’ play with just two people in it, Ed Lawrence, a football manager whose team are doing well in the FA Cup. There is a pivotal moment when an insignificant choice is made (whether to have a cup of coffee or not) that creates two very disparate ‘futures’. Ed and his PA Sophie show alternating scenes from the same ‘time’ but in the parallel futures. It was written very cleverly (by Eloise who played Sophie) and the two different ‘Eds’ were played very convincingly by my lovely luvvie mate
I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does next – I’ve not seen him in anything bad yet.