Looking for a more cultural night out? Don’t miss the final showings of The Poltergeist at Arcola Theatre
So many shows and stories are about meteoric rises to fame and success, but there aren’t so many about unfulfilled potential, which is arguably a more relatable and interesting subject to mine.
That’s one of the main themes behind The Poltergeist, which is currently showing at Arcola Theatre in Dalston. The one-man production follows the life of Sasha, a teenage art prodigy who sold paintings to celebrities at the age of fifteen, but years later, finds himself living in a run-down flat with his out-of-work actor boyfriend, wondering where it all went wrong.
It might sound a slightly depressing prospect, but you can rest assured that you’ll be entertained and provoked because it’s come from the mind of Phillip Ridley, a prolific polymath who has made a name for penning dark and curious tales for the stage – some of the best-known include Vincent River, The Pitchfork Disney and The Fastest Clock in the Universe. The show has already enjoyed a brief digital run when theatres were shut during the pandemic and received positive reviews, not least for the gripping performance by lead actor Joseph Potter.
If this sounds up your street, you need to move quick – there are a fair few shows across the next two weeks but the curtain closes on Saturday 29th October. To nab tickets, visit arcolatheatre.com.