Proof, Tabard Theatre

proof cast
Photo by Camilla Greenwell. *Disclaimer: I attended this play for free in exchange for blogging about the show. The above opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

Catherine has sacrificed her education and social life to care for her brilliant but unstable father during the worst of his mental degeneration.

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday Catherine must deal not only with the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, but also with the attentions of Hal, a former student of her fathers who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks of Robert’s.

As Catherine confronts Hal’s affections and Claire’s plans for her life, she struggles to solve the most perplexing problem of all: How much of her father’s madness or genius will she inherit?

The Tabard Theatre is a hidden gem in the upstairs level of a pub just minutes from Turnham Green underground station. I wouldn’t usually venture this far West on a school night but I was invited along to the press night of Proof by the LDN Theatre Bloggers and I am so very glad that I did. Who would have thought I would enjoy a play about mathematics so much?


For such a small theatre the set was particularly impressive showing a ramshackle old house with outdoor furniture being used throughout the play with slight changes to mark the passage of time. From the end of the first act I was hooked – I totally didn’t see it coming and was completely spellbound by the end of the first half.

The acting was absolutely superb with Julia Papp who plays the lead Catherine displaying every possible emotion throughout the short running time of the show and Mary-Anne Cafferkey absolutely stealing the show with her big city vibe a la Charlotte from Sex and the City as Catherine’s estranged sister Claire. My only real issue was the lack of consistency with accents. For a play meant to be set in Chicago the accents just weren’t up  to scratch and this was more noticeable and distracting at some points than others.

Tickets for Proof are just £17 and the show is only running for four weeks so you only have until the 24th of October to see this for yourself and come to your own conclusions. For more information and tickets visit the Tabard Theatre website.

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