Dimitra Barla as Margot in The Cloakroom Attendant Credit Yiannis Katsaris
Dimitra Barla as Margot in The Cloakroom Attendant Credit Yiannis Katsaris

After successful performances at the Wallace Collection in London, in Copenhagen and in Athens, Dimitra Barla’s autobiographical one-woman show The Cloakroom Attendant, directed by Natalie Katsou, comes to the Camden Fringe.

Margot, the cloakroom attendant of a national museum, entertains the audience with her daily stories, while weighing the challenges of a serious relationship and of the unavoidable dilemma: ‘to be or not to be a parent?’ With wit and sensitivity, artefacts become alive and visitors take mythical dimensions. Dante’s condemned lovers, an unfortunate French queen and an inquisitive boy help Margot balance on a suspended world of imagination, aspirations and self-fulfilment.

Dimitra Barla trained at East 15 Acting School in London and Embros Drama School in Athens. She has directed and performed the shows SOLO (Vault festival 2014 and Eleusis festival 2013), Medusa the lady in the mirror (Athens January 2012 and Acreide, 2011) and Tales of female madness (Athens May 2012). Dimitra holds lead parts in the UK feature films London Unplugged and the awarded Greek film The cypress deep down.

Natalie Katsou was born in Athens. She studied Acting at Delos-Hatoupi Acting School and Drama and Theatre at the University of Athens, having previously obtained her degree from Law School. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing at East 15 Acting School (University of Essex) under the honorary Minotis Scholarship granted by the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece. Since 2010, she lives and works as a theatre director and a drama lecturer in London. Natalie is the Artistic Director of Operaview.

The Cloakroom Attendant is at Tristan Bates Theatre 30th July – 4th August 2018.

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