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Five reasons to see the astonishing All in a Row at the Southwark Playhouse

We asked the team behind All in a Row to give us five reasons to be excited about this groundbreaking show

© Nick Rutter

The team behind the triple Offie-nominated Silk Road brings you five reasons why you should see the world premiere of a startling new play All in a Row, a kitchen sink comedy-drama filled with heart… and French Fancies.

1. The Script

All In A Row is a new play written by Alex Oates. Alex has previously written the critically acclaimed Silk Road which found huge success with a run at Trafalgar Studios and has been longlisted for the Bruntwood and Papatango prizes.

It's inspired by Alex's real-life experiences working as a carer for over a decade, and has just been published!

2. The Cast

The star-studded cast behind the show include Charlie Brooks (EastEnders, winner of 2012's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!), Simon Lipkin (Wind in the Willows, Guys and Dolls), Michael Fox (Downton Abbey, Dunkirk), and puppeteer Hugh Purves (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Solo: A Star Wars Story).

3. The Set

PJ McEvoy has created a wonderful immersive set that is a feast for the eyes. The use of a wall of light and multicoloured string features prominently in this engaging production.

PJ also designs paper props and graphics for shows across the West End, most notably the Golden Tickets and Wonka Chocolate Bars featured in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

© Nick Rutter

4. The Music

An original score by Benjamin Collins fills the entire auditorium with wonder and suspense that adds to the story of this thought-engaging piece of new theatre.

5. The Controversy

A lot of controversy has been wrapped around this show, part of that being that the role of the autistic boy is played by a theatrical puppet, which some people have found offensive and some have found magical.

Why not go and see it for yourself to make up your own mind?

© Nick Rutter