Where is the weirdest place to watch a theatre production? That question seems redundant, actually, given a theatre production has to be in a theatre, – surely? Well, not necessarily. Given our motoring focus, you can probably guess what’s coming next. Yes, there’s a theatre production happening soon… in a car.
In front are the actors, two of them, and in back is the audience. The play is called ‘Papa Don’t Preach’, by Olivier Award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje. It’s not in a car just for the sake of it, or simply to be different or ‘edgy’ either. The car is a set piece, with the story focusing on a daughter-father conversation about her leaving home.
The play was commissioned by More Than to highlight the importance of the conversations we have in cars, often at pivotal points in our lives. As many as 51% of parents claim everyday conversations in the car are beneficial to their family’s mental health and wellbeing.
The research also revealed that 28% of the 1,000 parents surveyed said the car was a key place for serious talks regarding finance and career options.
“While it may sound like a particularly strange concept, the story of ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ sets out to champion the kind of heart-warming, funny and important conversations that take place between loved ones inside cars all over the country each day,” said Bola Agbaje.
“What better way of doing this than sitting the audience right in the middle of their real-life setting, in possibly the smallest theatre in the world!”
The play will run over four days, from Wednesday 22nd through to Saturday 28th August 2018, on Drury Lane in London. Just don’t show us the bill for parking up in London that long…
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