Union Theatre Southwark

Dec 22, 2011 by

There’s nothing like a bit of Alan Ayckbourn to get you in the mood for Christmas, even though the action in ‘Joking Apart‘ at the Union Theatre, Southwark begins on Bonfire Night.

As always, Ayckbourn’s characters are distinct and extreme with gentle fun being poked at different groups and the audience’s mood lurching from laughter to pathos.

The set cleverly and effectively created the garden of an Old Rectory and much of the action takes place off stage; always tricky but extremely well done here.

The Union Theatre is a sweet homely venue, made under the railway arches  and also hosts a cafe.

A bizarre telephone booking system, where you leave a message and they only phone you back if there’s a problem, is an indication of the small team running the theatre with creative flair.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area and I will be looking out for the Union’s programme next year.

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