Preview by Paul Nelson
CONTINUING its success with its new season, the Finborough
Theatre is happily hoping for similar acclaim for Zadie's
One of the most successful Canadian plays of the last few years,
Zadie's Shoes tells the story of Benjamin - a compulsive
gambler who's just lost the money for his girlfriend's trip to
an "alternative" cancer clinic in Mexico.
With only 72 hours to win it back, a desperate Benjamin finds
himself at synagogue for the first time since his Bar Mitzvah,
praying for a miracle
or a winner.
What he gets is "prophet" Eli, who, along with rabbinical
advice, gives him a warning about cabbages
and a hot tip
on a horse!
In the fast-paced, madcap worlds of horseracing, addictions and
championship curling, Zadie's Shoes provides a hilarious
yet moving look at the nature of luck and the power of faith.
Adam Pettle's play was the surprise hit of Toronto's 2000 theatre
season, transferring to Ed Mirvish's Winter Garden Theatre for
a sell-out run.
The excellent cast includes Danny Babington (Sam Mendes' production
of To The Green Fields Beyond at the Donmar Warehouse),
Leonard Fenton (Royal Court, National Theatre, Almeida, Out
of Joint, EastEnders), Jennifer Lee Jellicorse (Tender
Is The Night for BBC Radio 4), Isobel Pravda (Fighting
The Tide for Hull Truck), and Dylan Smith (EastEnders,
CBS/ITV's Murder on the Orient Express).
The show also features an original score by Jack Arnold, who
has composed music for BBC's Timewatch - Rameses III and
the forthcoming feature film, Oh! Marbella, starring Rik
Mayall and Mike Reid.
Zadie's Shoes by Adam Pettle, Directed by Lauren Fedyna, Produced
by Tom Clark, Designed by Raphaela Henry, Lighting by Robin Snowdon,
Original Music by Jack Arnold.
Cast includes: Danny Babington, Leonard Fenton, Jennifer Lee Jellicorse,
Gavin O'Donoghue, Isobel Pravda, Dylan Smith, and Tracey Thomson.
Presented by Wise Donkey Productions from Tuesday October 7 to
November 1 at 7.30pm (Sundays 3.30pm) at the Finborough Theatre,
The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10. Tickets 020
Our picture shows Leonard Fenton (the older actor) and Dylan
Smith in Zadie's Shoes. Photo by Joss McKinley.