After previous performances at the Canal Café Theatre and the House of International Theatre in Copenhagen, Dimitra Barla’s The Cloakroom Attendant now plays for one night only in the museum that inspired its conception, The Wallace Collection, where Dimitra has indeed worked as a cloakroom attendant.
The Cloakroom Attendant is a one-woman show narrated by Margot, the cloakroom attendant of a national museum, who invites the audience to a journey to the secrets of her profession. Through her witty but also sensitive stories, artefacts become alive and visitors take mythical dimensions, while simultaneously she unfolds a love story inspired by the painting of Francesca Da Rimini by Ary Scheffer. In this modern version of the romance, the lovers are trapped in Inferno because of an unborn child. The stories interweave and, despite her disappointments, Margot forces her way through the pursuit of happiness.
The Study Room, a gallery dedicated to Marie Antoinette, lends itself perfectly to the plot and the intimacy of the show, which plays at the Wallace Collection as part of O-Late! Colours of Spain, celebrating the exhibition From El-Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Bowes Museum. Guests to the event will also be able to taste wine, attend life drawing lessons, book talks, music and much more. Tickets are for the entire event, which runs from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). Dimitra holds lead parts in the UK feature films London Unplugged and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down.
The Cloakroom Attendant
Writer/Performer Dimitra Barla
Live Music Kester Hynds
Performance Coaching Natalie Katsou
Photographs Yannis Katsaris
Producer Dimitra Barla
Performance Dates November 24 th 2017, 7pm and 8.30pm
Running Time 45 mins
Venue The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone,
London W1U 3BN
Ticket Price £12.50
Box Office The Wallace Collection (wallacecollection.org)
Travel Bond Street Station (7 minute walk)
Baker Street station (10 minute walk)
Regent’s Park station (13 minute walk)
Link Website (cloakroomattendantplay.com)