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Annie Siddons brings Dennis of Penge to the Ovalhouse and The Albany

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the hugely acclaimed How (Not) To Live in Suburbia (Summerhall, Soho Theatre, UK tour), Annie Siddons is bringing her trademark blend of spoken word, music and surreal humour to Ovalhouse and the Albany, returning to her roots with a new show set in her childhood neighbourhood of Penge.

Entitled Dennis of Penge, it will play at Ovalhouse from Wednesday, September 26 to Saturday, October 6, 2018 before transferring to the Albany, Deptford from Tuesday, October 9 to Saturday, October 13.

Directed by Laura Keefe, composed by Asaf Zohar, and written by Annie Siddons, Dennis of Penge is a show about friendship, poverty, love, loneliness, ecstasy and addiction. Set in and around the chicken shops, church halls and job centres of South London, it is loosely inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae and informed by Siddons’ own experiences of newfound sobriety.

Dennis of Penge is performed by Annie Siddons, Asaf Zohar and Jorell Coiffic-Kamall (The Wind in the Willows, Ross) as Dennis.

Dennis of Penge was co-commissioned by Ovalhouse and the Albany Deptford, supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Bristol Ferment and BAC, and funded by Arts Council England.

Produced by Emma Bettridge and Jen Smethurst, Dennis of Penge has movement by Daniel P Cunningham and lighting by Andy Purves.

Tickets (for Ovalhouse): available by phone on 020 7582 7680 or online at www.ovalhouse.com/whatson/booktickets/DENNIS.

Time (Ovalhouse): Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets (for The Albany): available by calling 020 8692 4446 or visiting www.thealbany.org.uk/shows/dennis-of-penge/.

Times (The Albany): Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm; Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm.