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It’s sixteen years since Laura was born in her father’s council estate squat. Now that everything’s legal, she’s desperate to celebrate. But the locals are suspicious of her bruises; is this a party or a cover up?
Michael Coveney - 3 August 2009
Kensal House Estate, Ladbroke Grove
Kensal House Estate, right down the wrong end of Ladbroke Grove, is an art deco Grade II listed estate where, in the community rooms, SPID (Specially Produced, Innovatively Directed) Theatre Company are presenting the third of their ventures at this location.
Helena Thompson’s play was written on attachment to the NT Studio and is co-presented by the (relatively) near-by Gate. But it’s a grim disappointment. Only the rather sullen-looking local teenagers - are they with the show, or about to break it up? - supply any kind of frisson.
And the adventure of finding the place, and the too-brief excitement of being whizzed around on one of the four sofas and mattresses on casters in the playing area for no real reason, provide other minor distractions. Boy, do we need them.
Thompson’s play is an incoherent whinge about a girl’s sixteenth birthday party, her origins on this council es...
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