Park Bench

Theatre (alternative comedy, contemporary)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
  • 15:20
  • Aug 26
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Queen Mary Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


What if, for 40 minutes, we stop focusing on the humans that go places, and bring our attention to the place itself? The location, a bench, inside a park, inside a borough, inside a city. If abstract storytelling focused around an inanimate object is up your street, then take a seat. It’s difficult to say how many people have sat on this park bench in its lifetime and there are no restrictions to those who do, so wouldn’t you like to know what people talk about when they think no one is listening?

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Marjorie Kidman 35 days ago

Such an intriguing concept for a play! I really enjoyed the idea of getting little insights into characters' lives all from one place. And let's face it, park benches are one of those things that sees all walks of life. The opening dance with the entire cast on their morning commute, coffee cups in hand, really set the scene for an original piece of theatre. There were moments of tenderness, humour and pathos - a great 45 minutes of drama.

Garry Momber 37 days ago

Intriguing title that turned out to be a very engaging and entertaining adventure around an inanimate structure. As audience members we were treated to a reflection on cross societal relationships from single mums, bums and tums attendees, to the consequences of adulatory, the understated world of computer geeks, a critique on the mundanity of office life and all interspersed with dance moves that cannot but make you smile inside and out.
The stories draw you in, making it one of the most entertaining 45 minutes I have spent for quite a while.

Emily Smith 37 days ago

A university play is always a gamble, but this 45 minute play is definitely worth a watch. Some silly moments, some very emotional, with very fun dancing in between! Beautiful poem at the end, well-read by one of the actors.

Molly 37 days ago

Absolutely loved this show! A very touching, funny collection of moments through time, tied together by the key theme of the title. A lovely concept, well acted by a very talented troupe. I think there were a few issues with the lighting today but it didn’t take away from how good the show itself is. Definitely worth a watch!

Susan James 37 days ago

A very funny and light hearted story line. A lovely premise for a play. Interesting to see the connections between the several characters. A very funny relationship between Donavon and his secret girlfriend. Actors need to be slightly louder. All in all, a good watch!

Andy John 38 days ago

A promising concept which told the story of various intertwining lives of people who use a park bench might have packed more of a punch in the hands of a more experienced and I'm guessing, more mature writer.Too many stories perhaps,if there had been only 3,we might have had a deeper delve into these individuals lives.There were some interesting stories and characters,some not so.Acting wise,inexperience seemed prevalent as well.
Where I was sitting the sound overpowered the actors voices which made it difficult to hear some of the dialogue.

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