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Dimitra Barla's The Cloakroom Attendant comes to the Camden Fringe

Dimitra Barla in The Cloakroom Attendant c Stefanos Dimitriadis

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER successful performances at the Wallace Collection in London, in Copenhagen and in Athens, Dimitra Barla’s autobiographical one-woman show The Cloakroom Attendant, directed by Natalie Katsou, comes to the Camden Fringe, playing at the Tristan Bates Theatre from July 30 to August 4, 2018.

Margot, the cloakroom attendant of a national museum, entertains the audience with her daily stories, while weighing the challenges of a serious relationship and of the unavoidable dilemma: ‘to be or not to be a parent?’

With wit and sensitivity, artefacts become alive and visitors take mythical dimensions. Dante’s condemned lovers, an unfortunate French queen and an inquisitive boy help Margot balance on a suspended world of imagination, aspirations and self-fulfilment.

Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). Barla has played lead parts in the UK feature films London Unplugged and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down.

Natalie Katsou was born in Athens. She studied Acting at Delos-Hatoupi Acting School and Drama and Theatre at the University of Athens, having previously obtained her degree from Law School. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing at East 15 Acting School (University of Essex) under the honorary Minotis Scholarship granted by the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. Since 2010, she has lived and worked as a theatre director and a drama lecturer in London. She is the Artistic Director of Operaview.

Image: Dimitra Barla in The Cloakroom Attendant c Stefanos Dimitriadis.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions. To book, call 020 3841 6611 or visit www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-cloakroom-attendant.

Time: 9.15pm.

Running Time: 45 minutes (no interval).

Also at the Tristan Bates Theatre: the musical drama San Domino by Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker (until Saturday, June 30, 2018).