Anyone who has seen a ‘Bola Agbaje original’ will know how innovative, original, emotional and thought-provoking her work is. She writes pieces that can stand the test of time.

Olivier Award-Winning Bola Agbaje’s latest offering “Papa Don’t Preach” continues right on the mark and takes the innovative concept one step beyond  by setting the short play not on a stage but literally in the front seat of a car parked off Drury Lane, with the audience able to view the action from the back two rows of seats.

There is a lot I loved about this short piece.

Firstly the writing and storyline. Agbaje has yet again won centre stage with her extremely natural, easy to understand, witty and beautiful dialogue, in this case between a father and daughter, building layers upon layers of the story for the audience with ease to a beautifully emotional and sweet crescendo. With words like these, it is impossible to not give great performances.

Which brings me soundly to the acting. Both actors Lekhani Chirwa (daughter) and Tony Timberlake (dad) did their jobs excellently. Chirwa portrayed the desperate desire for independence and the stoic, if not stubborn, strength of the new-age millennial, especially when in contrast with the softer, sweeter and extremely amusing Timberlake who is trying to make amends while hoping to steer his daughter down the right path at a pivotal crossroads.

The micro-length of the play also fascinated me. This is the second short play l have seen from Agbaje, equivalating to a  “short film” on screen and I can’t help but think the trend towards telling shorter stories in theatre is a brilliant idea. In a world where we are seeking new mediums to tell stories, from VR films to immersion theatre, I feel Agbaje has literally given reality to Shakespeare’s immortal line, “All the world’s a stage”.

The beauty of these, almost teaser, plays is that it’s easy to see how the story can be opened up, whilst being able to focus on the main thread that drives (forgive the pun) the story forward.

I look forward to seeing many more pieces as innovative and enjoyable as this take centre-lane all over the West End and the UK.

“Papa Don’t Preach” has an audience of maximum 7 each showing so do your best to beg, borrow or steal a ticket for this show. You have not seen anything like it.


Papa Don’t Preach

Friday 24th August 2018 – 3x evening showings: 5.30pm, 6.15pm and 7.00pm

Saturday 25th August 2018 – 3x matinee showings: 2.00pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm

Ticket info: The car holds an audience size of up to five people per play and individuals are allowed to book a maximum of three tickets per performance.

To book your free ticket to see ‘Papa Don’t Preach’

  • Email: autoplay@cowpr.com
  • Phone Number: 0207 234 9150