With the support of Arts Council England, Park Theatre presents the World Premiere of

Park Bench

By Tori Allen-Martin

Directed by Christa Harris (Act 1: Digital)
Co-directed by Sarah Henley & Timothy O'Hara (Act 2: Live)
Cast Includes Tori Allen-Martin & Tim Bowie
Original Concept by Daniel Cooper
 

Watch Park Bench Act 1 for FREE now

Please be advised this video contains swearing and conversations of an adult nature with age guidance of 16+.

 

Some conversations are just better had face-to-face.

Liv and Theo know that. They used to be each other's ride-or-die but that was back then…  After more than a year of distance from their situationship, it’s time to talk - so they reconnect online. 

What happened to being mates? How’s his new life working out? Why did she just vanish? These are big questions for small screens. Will meeting up in person on ‘their’ park bench reignite an old flame or finally put out the flickering embers of feelings? 

Park Bench is an innovative digital-come-live-theatre play by Tori Allen-Martin. Commissioned by Park Theatre during lockdown with the concept of creating a piece of drama that audiences follow from a digital first act online to a live second act on our Park200 stage. 

We are grateful to Arts Council England and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for supporting this production.

 

'Captures a moment ... Cleverly explores how the lockdown has reframed relationships' The Stage ★★★★

'Tori Allen-Martin is a skilled writer who frequently invites us to laugh out loud and bawl our eyes out in equal measure; such is her enviable talent.' Afridiziak ★★★★★
 

'Chock-full of humour ... it is an accolade for a show to strike the perfect balance between comedy and drama' The Upcoming ★★★★

'Thrilling to watch' Camden New Journal ★★★★
 

'Allen-Marin and Bowie generate a fizzing energy ... has raw authenticity' The Times 
 

'A seamless story through two mediums ... the quality of the writing and the performances are extremely high' LondonTheatre1 ★★★★
 

'Fascinating, original and innovative' London Living Large 
 

'Innovative ... A smart form of storytelling ... Park Bench splitting the format of a single work between a digital and in-person experience opens up an exciting are of theatre' The Guardian

 

 Praise for Tori Allen-Martin: 

'An incredible musician and writer' Millenial London

'A one-woman powder keg of charm, talent and comic chutzpha… She is an absolute sensation…. She is beautiful, and she is a natural clown: She is something very special indeed' WhatsOnStage

'Gifted with impeccable comic timing and a stage presence that makes it hard to take your eyes of her' WhatsOnStage

'A hugely exciting piece of theatre. Allen-Martin is one to watch' The Public Reviews


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