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Pressure builds so close to home

PUBLISHED: 12:04 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

So Close To Home is running at Dalston's Arcola, a wry tale of family, migration and restlessness that follows Robert, a chef setting up his own restaurant surrounded by misfits, migrants and refugees

So Close To Home is running at Dalston's Arcola Theatre, a wry tale of family, migration and restlessness, writes Michael Parker.

It follows Robert, a chef setting up his own restaurant in today's London, surrounded by misfits, migrants and refugees.

He is adamant he would never exploit the shifting staff working under him.

But pressure begins to build as his business partner vanishes, his son leaves with his mother to divide the family and his father reappears after 25 years away.

Just when he needs some stability, it seems everything is moving from under him.

Playwright Mark Wheatley has written for radio and television, including a short film The Escapist for BBC films and Contact and Proof for Radio 4.

The actors are Garry Cooper, who has won awards from Time Out and The Stage, RSC veteran Sam Cox and Joe Jacobs whose credits include The Life of the Saints and Dazed and Confused.

So Close To Home runs until April 26 at the Arcola Theatre in Arcola-street, Dalston. Tickets £10, £15. Box office: 020-7503 1646.


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