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Rock victim’ Serge forever on brink of fame

PUBLISHED: 15:33 24 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

A PLAY by one of Belgium’s foremost playwrights opening at Dalston’s Arcola theatre tonight (Monday) is the tale of Rock’n’Roll and its victims. The Ballad of Crazy Paola is the story of rock musician Serge through the eyes of his one-time girlfriend Paola and his half-brother Raymond

A PLAY by one of Belgium’s foremost playwrights opening at Dalston’s Arcola theatre tonight (Monday) is the tale of Rock’n’Roll and its victims, writes Will Davies.

The Ballad of Crazy Paola is the story of rock musician Serge through the eyes of his one-time girlfriend Paola and his half-brother Raymond.

Serge, who seems to be forever on the brink of fame, never appears on stage, but rather Paola and Raymond recall his life and their roles in it.

The play by Belgian-born ex-punk singer Arne Sierens, translated by Stephen Greenhorn and directed by Nadia Latif, is at the theatre in Arcola Street, Dalston, from tonight until to December 20.

Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions). Box office: 020-7503 1646, or online:

www.arcolatheatre.com

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