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The world premiere of Alkaline comes to Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Stephanie Martin and directed by Sarah Meadows, Alkaline runs at Park Theatre from July 10 to August 4, 2018.

People love being in control, don’t you think? But you can’t control something you don’t understand.

Alkaline is a play about faith, friendship and fear, but at its heart is a story about female friendship, shining a light on painful endings and new beginnings. The play also explores ideas surrounding British identity and who chooses to define it, questioning whether we dare to be different in today’s society.

Sophie and Sarah have been best friends forever. Sophie is newly engaged to her fiancé Nick and wants to celebrate. Sarah also has a new fiancé, Ali, and some more big news – she has recently converted to Islam.

One hot summer evening the two couples have a get together. Sophie is desperate to meet Ali and even more desperate to rescue her drifting friendship with Sarah. Sophie also wants to ask Sarah if she’ll take off her hijab for Sophie’s wedding – a headscarf ‘just won’t quite go’ with the other bridesmaids, and Sophie likes things to match.

It’s all going well (ish) until an uninvited guest arrives with some news that turns the evening – and the couples’ lives – upside down.

The cast includes Claire Cartwright, Nitin Kundra, Reena Lalbihari, Alan Mahon and EJ Martin.

The role of Sarah will be played by returning Park Theatre actress, Claire Cartwright, whose theatre credits include What Would Quentin Do? (part of Black Lives, Black Words, Bush Theatre), The Mousetrap (West End), A Christmas Carol (Pleasance Theatre), Macbeth (UK Tour/Pleasance Theatre), Thark (Park Theatre), The Pitmen Painters (National Tour/West End), and Henna Night (Pleasance Theatre).

Nitin Kundra plays Sarah’s fiancé, Ali. Kundra’s extensive theatre credits include Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Manchester/Told By an Idiot), 66 Books (Bush Theatre), The Swan, There Is A War and The Black Album (National Theatre), Make Me A Martyr (Finborough Theatre) and Facts on the Ground (Live Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Count Arthur Strong, Boy Meets Girl, EastEnders, Edge of Heaven, Silent Witness, Celebrity Juice, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Doctors and Casualty.

Reena Lalbihari plays Aleesha. Her theatre credits include Faustus (Headlong), Madame de Sade (Donmar Warehouse), One Night Fran (Hen and Chickens), Dubailand (Finborough Theatre) and Pole Factor (Vaults Festival). Her television work includes Day of the Triffids, EastEnders and The Bill.

Alan Mahon and EJ Martin play dinner party hosts, Nick and Sophie. Mahon’s theatre credits include If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (Old Red Lion), Hamlet (Tobacco Factory), King Lear (Helix, Dublin), The Waste Ground Party (The Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Into the Woods (The Lir) and Twelfth Knight (The Lir Academy).

Martin’s credits include Joy (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Boxed (The Vaults), Birthday Suit (Old Red Lion), A Room with a View (Theatre Royal Bath/UK Tour), The Last Tycoon (Arts Theatre) and In Lipstick (The Arcola).

Alkaline is presented by pluck. productions, whose most recent production, Birthday Suit, played to critical acclaim and was nominated for three Off West-End Awards.

Alkaline is suitable for ages 14+.

Read more about Park Theatre’s July to December 2018 Season.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.