To mark World Theatre Day yesterday I went to see Best Before End at the Chelsea Theatre, which I found to be both mesmerising and full of quirky surprises.

Best Before End

Best Before End is the London première of Curious theatre company’s latest piece that questions the power and vulnerability of language and love.

A one-woman show that takes the audience on a journey which contemplates the ultimate and inevitable frailty of the human condition, Helen Paris’s performance is hypnotic. Everyday objects such as an armchair and pieces of chalk embody various roles and meanings as they become props for the most unlikely of situations.

© Richard Davenport

© Richard Davenport

Returning to London for the first time in two years Curious theatre company are Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, who for seventeen years have created inventive and powerful performances that blend intimate, everyday experiences with a darkly comic edge.  They have performed worldwide, creating distinctive work which frequently provides a sense of intrigue and adventure. And now they are here on the King’s Road. But if you’d like to see them, you don’t have much time. Tonight (28th March 2014) is their final performance so hurry and book yourself a ticket – and of course, enjoy!

Disclosure: My ticket was complimentary for the purpose of the review.