Out to lunch with Berkoff

Workers Playtime at the Korova
Workers Playtime at the Korova

It’s Playtime for the workers!

Preston’s newly-opened Korova Arts Café and Bar welcome their first outside theatre act this Friday, when Tameside-based theatre company RLT Productions brings two separate productions.

Both revolve around a working lunchtime, but there the similarities end. Taking Stock focuses on the trials and tribulations of the workers of a Salford supermarket, as five women put shelf-stacking on hold to try and fix the world.

It’s an earlier production from Salford playwright Rob Johnston, who won the 2011 Kings Cross New Writing award for Einstein’s Daughter, recently performed at Preston’s Continental, and returns to Korova later this month with new work, In a Land Much Like Ours.

Friday’s second production is Lunch, a more surreal piece from Steven Berkoff, as a man and a woman meet during their lunchtime, starring two rising regional theatre stars, Susie Milne and Adam Urry.

Korova hope this is the first of several visiting theatre productions. Next Tuesday, they host Ripples in Concrete – a Discussion on New Writing Development with local director Charlie Mortimer discussing working with new writing, including a short demonstration of how cast and director begin the process by reading 10 pages of a local writer’s work.