A Table Tennis Play

Theatre (new writing, contemporary)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 12:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Walrus in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Walrus in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth present a new play by Sam Steiner. 'When does it happen?' A long summer weekend, two strangers, and a full-size table tennis table. A new play about how everything and nothing changes as people bat a ball. Praise for Walrus' hit debut show, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons: 'A beautiful play... About as promising as debuts get' (Time Out); 'Triumphant… One of last year’s smartest, coolest shows.' (Stage)

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  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Anna 83 days ago

A modern play, with great acting and hidden meanings. It is a play for a more trained theatre audience as many things are left untold leaving the audience guessing and provoking some thought. I thoroughly enjoyed it and i would totally recommend it. Some great acting skills too especially by the two women.

Tom Mace 84 days ago

Very professionally done with three great actors with lots of heart. A lot of laughs with a real insight into the emotions or lack there of that can come about from great tragedy. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a really enjoyable play with scenes that can really tug on those heart string.
Well done guys!

Tmyh 88 days ago

Ugh I loved this. Really nicely done piece of contemporary theatre. Posed nice questions. Interesting plot and acted very well!

Bruce Bunch 91 days ago

Booked this show because I am a table tennis fan. Had high hopes when I saw a professional table and a gazillion balls on stage. It turned out that the well acted three person show had nothing to do with table tennis. When the characters did play briefly and half heartedly (none ever hit a forehand) they called the game "ping pong," not table tennis. Their play did nothing to advance the plot. Enjoyed the show but left wondering about the title and the table tennis paddle that was the graphic representation of the play in all Fringe material.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

In the basement beneath her childhood home, Cath (Rosa Robson) clears out her family effects while Mia (Beth Holmes) – the teenage child of the house’s new occupants – at first interlopes, and then builds up an emotional rapport with these unfamiliar adults; Cath’s partner Callum (Euan Kitson) is also...

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Exeunt 83 days ago

Howard Jacobson has an essay, ‘The Life Pursuit’, in the anthology Everything You Know Is Pong: How Table Tennis Shapes Our World in which he writes about the relationship between table tennis and defeat. It’s not winning that counts, Jacobson argues, or even taking part, but losing. It’s not about...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

As this impressive first staging of Sam Steiner’s play opens you are immediately thrown into a dark and unsettling place – a bomb shelter (the venue is ideal for this) full of disordered family memorabilia and memories. The play deals with memory, social awkwardness and the preservation of public image....

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

Cath, with the help of her partner, Callum, is clearing out a recently rediscovered old air-raid shelter at the home where she grew up. Nobody has been here for years, there is just a table tennis table, lots of old junk, and a host of memories. They are watched over...

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Miro Magazine (5/5 stars) 84 days ago

A gently ferocious show about the complexities of relationships, and how we insert ourselves into our chosen reality. [...] It’s rare to find such a delicately-woven piece that feels comfortable in its naturalism, one that is completely happy to just be about people.

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

A new work written by Sam Steiner and presented by Walrus Theatre - the partnership behind previous Fringe hit Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons - A Table Tennis Play touches on bereavement, desire and discontent, looking at how we cope with these through repression or distraction, invariably reluctant to confront things head on.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

In a wonderfully bleak, vaulted venue, a table tennis table takes centre stage with a pit full of table tennis balls separating the audience from the stage. The setting is an old basement air raid shelter under a big house … Read More ...

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Whats On Stage (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

A table for the titular tennis sits in the middle of Ed Madden's production of Sam Steiner's new three-hander, which premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe and sees the playwright working once more with budding company Walrus – the team previously responsible for the hit Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons. There's...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Who knew a table tennis table could double as a time machine? To watch Sam Steiner’s characters bop a ball back and forth—ga-donk-donk-ga—is to fall into an unthinking trance. Minutes barely register. Time melts away. It’s a gorgeous centrepiece in a gorgeous little play. In an old air raid shelter...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

Albert Einstein used to work in a patent office, reportedly because the mundanity and ease of the job allowed his mind to wander to more complicated concepts. Table tennis is one of those menial tasks – enjoyable certainly, but easy enough to participate in that the mind is given space...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Walrus Theatre scored a big Edinburgh Fringe hit with 2015’s Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Sam Steiner’s deft, elegant play about relationships and the limitations of language. A Table Tennis Play reaffirms Steiner as a name to watch. Inside an air raid shelter at her former home, Cath is sorting...

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