Southwark Playhouse is around a ten minute walk from London Bridge station. The entrance is a little deceiving. It is situated at the corner of Tooley Street and on a first visit it may be mistaken for just a local pub. The staff are polite. The toilets need improving.
There are two studios within the playhouse. The waiting area is quite small, which resulted in hardly being able to find standing room whilst waiting for the studio doors to open.
I could not help but notice a damp feeling to the building on entering - this got worse when we entered the studio to see the play. There is no stage; chairs are set out close to where the actors perform; which gave me a sense of almost being part of the drama unfolding in front of me.
Although the weather was warm outside the studio was distinctively cold to the point of being
uncomfortable. During intermission all patrons were asked to leave the studio whilst the set change took place. This again created a people jam in the small bar area.
I was pleased to leave the theatre and get back to a temperature that felt manageable.
Not a very nice experience!
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