A play with everything including kitchen sink

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AFTER the sell-out National Theatre Live screening of the brilliant One Man, Two Guvnors last month, the South Holland Centre’s second screening, Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen, will be on Wednesday at 7pm.

The play is set in the kitchen of a large restaurant in 1950s London where the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes and fruit flans.

Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe argue and flirt as they race to keep up.

In between preparing dishes, Peter, a high-spirited young cook manages to strike up an affair with married waitress Monique, the whole time dreaming of a better life.

But in the all-consuming clamour of the kitchen, nothing is far from the brink of collapse.

Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary play premiered at the Royal Court in 1959 and puts the workplace centre stage in this blackly funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are.

Tickets for the screening are available from the box office on 01775 764777 or www.southhollandcentre.co.uk