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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: And Here I Am at the Arcola;Best Served Cold; Lady Killers; Pygmalion

29 June, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

And Here I Am – ‘a tale of everyday human experience’

• Following the critical success of Queens of Syria at the Young Vic last year comes a political comedy directed by Zoe Lafferty that charts the life of writer, actor and director Ahmed Tobasi. Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak, and performed by Tobasi, And Here I Am chronicles his life from his birth in a Palestinian refugee camp, his transformation from resistance fighter to artist, and billed as “a tale of everyday human experiences against a backdrop of inhumane circumstances”. It spans both the first and second Palestinian Intifadas. Written by award-winning writer Hassan Abdlrazzak and directed by Zoe Lafferty, And Here I Am is being performed at the Arcola Theatre, July 3-8 during the Shabbak Festival, a biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture taking place in London between July 1 and 16. More details: 020 7503 1646.

• There’s still a chance to catch Best Served Cold at the Etcetera Theatre, a play about the scheming and drama that surrounds Alma as she’s dying. Written by Victoria Taylor Roberts and directed by Sharon Small, it’s on until June 30. More details: 020 7482 4857,

• There’s a taste of classic black comedy at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from July 5 with Tower Theatre’s production of Lady Killers. Adapted by Graham Linehan from the 1955 motion picture screenplay by award-winning William Rose, it’s directed by Julian Farrance. More details: 020 8340 3488,

• The Hampstead Players’ summer production, Pygmalion, opens at Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row on July 6. Directed by Hoda Ali, the Bernard Shaw classic is on for three days with a Saturday matinee. More details at:


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